Introduction to Dana Point, California

Dana Point, California, in Orange county, is 3 miles S of Laguna Niguel, California (center to center) and 21 miles SE of Santa Ana, California. It's a scenic community situated along the Pacific Coast and is a popular surfing destination. The Dana Point Harbor is a major feature of the municipality.

Dana Point History

In the early days, Dana Point was a prominent port due to its location between Santa Barbara and San Diego. The Dana Point Syndicate was established in 1926. The organization acquired a vast acreage and began the development of the area. They built 35 homes and numerous commercial buildings. Years later, the rest of the property was sold. In 1928 the Capistrano Beach Company bought a large number of lots and built Spanish style houses in the scenic area.

Dana Point Attractions

  • The Tall Ships Festival is a popular event.
  • Festival of Whales Parade.
  • Summer Concerts.
  • Classic Wooden Boat Festival.
  • Winter Festival.
  • Nautical Heritage Society and Museum.
  • The Chloe Luke Overlook provides visitors with excellent ocean views.

Dana Point Activities

The Dana Point Harbor is home to a vast number of boats in its two marinas. The area is popular for kayaking, windsurfing and boating. Whale watching and deep sea fishing excursions are available. Dana Point is home to numerous yacht clubs. Sea cruises are available during the day and evenings. The popular Catalina Island is only a short boat ride away.

Salt Creek Beach Park is a prominent surfing destination and includes tide pools, a grassy park area for picnicking and sheer cliffs. Doheney State Beach is an excellent location for surfing and swimming. It includes notable tide pools and campground areas. Dana Point offers a large number of parks for recreational activities. The scenic Heritage Park provides an excellent ocean view and is popular for picnics.

The Ocean Institute focuses on awareness and preservation of the ocean and offers popular pirate theme ship cruises and wildlife cruises. The nearby Capistrano Beach is popular for volleyball and other beach activities. Disneyland, Knott's Berry Farm and Disney's California Adventure Theme Park are a short distance away.


Total Population 34,003
Male Share of the Population 48.5%
Female Share of the Population 51.5%
Senior Citizens 18.4%
Employed Population 16+ 17,494
Age of the Population 46


% of people married 52.7%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 47.6%
Median Earnings25+ $46,534
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $11,696
Median Earnings With High School Degree $28,493


Median Family Income $105,578
% Above Poverty Level 90.8%
% Below Poverty Level 9.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 29 minutes
% Working from Home 10.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 4%
% Using Public Transportation 1.6%


People Living Alone 30.2%
Median Gross Rent $1,796
Median House Value $734,300


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 30.5%
US/American 0.3%
English 13.9%
Irish 13.9%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Dana Point Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 3 miles S of Laguna Niguel, California (center to center)
Nearest Large City 21 miles SE of Santa Ana, California
County Orange
Standard Zip Codes 92624, 92629
Phone Area Codes 949
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 33.466
Longitude -117.697

Dana Point Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 7.6 miles
Jan Temp 44 to 67 F
Apr Temp 49 to 71 F
Jul Temp 60 to 77 F
Oct Temp 55 to 76 F
Annual Precip 13.5 inches
Distance 14.1 miles
Jan Temp 48 to 64 F
Apr Temp 54 to 66 F
Jul Temp 63 to 71 F
Oct Temp 59 to 71 F
Annual Precip 11.6 inches
Distance 16.4 miles
Jan Temp 41 to 68 F
Apr Temp 48 to 73 F
Jul Temp 60 to 84 F
Oct Temp 53 to 79 F
Annual Precip 13.8 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Dana Point, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Capistrano Beach (92624)

Capo Beach (92624)

Monarch Bay (92629)

Monarch Beach (92629)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Laguna Beach 23,230 $134,067
Laguna Hills 31,017 $105,199
Laguna Niguel 64,825 $120,169
Laguna Woods 16,359 $57,444
San Clemente 65,017 $119,739
San Juan Capistrano 35,897 $84,812

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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Student/teacher ratio: 24.9

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