Dana Point is a city located in southern Orange County, California. The population was 35,110 at the 2000 census. As one of the few harbors along the Orange County coast, and with ready access via State Route 1, it is a popular local destination for surfing and was home to a legendary surf break called Killer Dana.
The city was named after the headland of Dana Point, which was in turn named for Richard Henry Dana, Jr., author of Two Years Before the Mast, which included a description of the area. Dana describes the locale, including neighboring San Juan Capistrano, as "the only romantic spot in California." Although Dana describes the anchorage as poor, it is the best available in the vicinity, and is now a developed harbor containing a museum replica of his ship, the Pilgrim. This area is designated California Historical Landmark #189.
One of the very few known specimens of the megamouth shark was caught off Dana Point in 1990.
Whether you're looking for a challenging game of golf, sportfishing, whalewatching or a relaxing day at the beach, Dana Point is the destination of choice for Southern California visitors. Our beaches are renowned for great swimming, surfing, or snorkeling. And when you're done playing try some of the culinary treats to be found throughout the city and harbor in our award winning restaurants. Follow the links above for all the information you'll need to plan your visit. Dana Point - The Most Romantic Place in California.