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Dana Point

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Dolphin & Whale Watching · Piers & Boardwalks · Beaches
Dana Point is a city located in southern Orange County, California. The population was 33,351 at the 2010 census. It has 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.The city was named after the headland of Dana Point, which was in turn named after Richard Henry Dana, Jr., author of Two Years Before the Mast, which included a description of the area. Dana described the locale, including neighboring San Juan Capistrano, as "the only romantic spot on the coast". Although Dana described the anchorage as poor, it is now a developed harbor and contains a replica of his ship, the Pilgrim. The Pilgrim is used as a classroom by the Ocean Institute, which is located at the harbor. This area is designated California Historical Landmark #189.HistoryDana Point was a popular port for ships involved with the hide trade with nearby Mission San Juan Capistrano. Trading reached its peak in the 1830s and 1840s. In 1818, Argentine sailor Hippolyte de Bouchard anchored there while conducting his raid on the mission. Richard Henry Dana then visited the area in 1835 while serving aboard the sailing brig Pilgrim on her voyage along the California coastline.
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Dolphin / Whale Watching
Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Duration: 2 hours
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Pier / Boardwalk
Dana Point Harbor
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Duration: 4 hours
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Beach
Salt Creek Beach
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Duration: 2 hours
Monument
The Hide Drogher
5.0
Duration: 2 hours

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Zoo
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Heisler Park Laguna Beach
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Hidden gems in Dana Point

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Beach
Dana Strands Beach
4.8
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Pines Park
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
Hiking Trail
Bluff Top Trail
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Duration: 2 hours
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Hill Top Park
5.0
Duration: 30 minutes

Beaches in Dana Point

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Beach
Doheny State Beach
3.4
Duration: 2 hours
Beach
Baby Beach
4.2
Duration: 2 hours

Parks in Dana Point

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Park
Sea Terrace Park
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Duration: 2 hours
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Sea Canyon Park
4.3
Duration: 2 hours

Golf in Dana Point

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Golf Course
Monarch Beach Golf Links
4.2
Duration: 4 hours

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