Local City Guide for Dana Point | Mint Real Estate Surfing the City of Dana Point- Orange County
Come surf the city of Dana Point!!
Dana Point has a rich history and it plays a critical part in what made the city that we know today. Due to its close proximity to Mission San Juan Capistrano, Dana Point became a very important port during the expansion of California in the 1800’s.
In the 1830’s Richard Henry Dana, cruised by what is now Dana Point on his sailing brig, The Pilgrim. Due to the natural harbor landscape, close proximity to the early trading infrastructure, shipping routes, and Railroads, Dana Point quickly became a highly desirable destination. In the 1960’s the harbor was built out to what we see today.
When you hear Dana Point you think “beach lifestyle,” and you might think of The Beach Boys and that’s spot on! This beach-side community is world-famous for its surfing at Doheny State Beach, Dana Point Harbor, unmatched sunsets over the Pacific Ocean, laid-back lifestyle, and a tendency to be on your beach cruiser biking around and enjoying all that Dana Point has to offer. With endless waterfront dining, outdoor activities, top-rated beaches, and warm sunshine all combine to make Dana Point a very special beach-side community that’s very affordable to live in. New to surfing? Also the Ocean Institute, an organization offering ocean science and maritime history is located on the water in the Dana Point Harbor. The creator of SpongeBob SquarePants, was an instructor at the Ocean Institute! Keep your schedule open in early spring, as the Dana Point Festival of the Whales starts, and you can’t miss it. With exhibits, food, drinks, and whale watching, this is a yearly staple of Dana Point, and it’s truly special.
Did I mention that there is a plan for a full remodel and rebuild of the harbor adding new housing, dining, entertainment, and additional docks for boats? This is where you will find the Catalina Express. About 26 miles off the coast of Dana Point sits the Island of Catalina, the only inhabited island in the Channel Islands chain that peppers the coast of Southern California. Catalina Island needs to be on your shortlist of destinations to visit in Southern California. I would highly recommend taking a look at their website to see all the things Catalina Island has to offer. Did you know that Catalina played an important role in WWII, was once the home of the Chicago Cubs Baseball team for Spring Training, has wild roaming buffalo throughout the island from its Hollywood days, and that the chewing gum family Wrigley owned the island? As it sits today, Catalina Island is run and managed by the Catalina Island Conservancy.
If you’re looking to live by the beach, with a small-town feeling Dana Point has you covered. It truly has everything one would need. Once you see the town and all the benefits of living there, I am sure you will fall in love with this sleepy beach town!