Dana Point

Dana Point is situated on the beautiful Southern California coast, halfway between San Diego and Los Angeles. It prides itself with nearly seven miles of coastal bluffs and rolling hills along the Pacific Ocean with its charming beaches and wild surfs. Most noteworthy of these bluffs is a unique promontory known as the “Headlands”, which overlooks Dana Point Harbor, one of the most significant manmade alterations of the Orange County coastline. Dana Point encompasses 6.5 square miles and is home to 33,351 people and numerous businesses, all working together as one community. You can see this collaboration in action during some of the City’s annual festivals and events such as the Turkey Trot in November, Festival of Whales in March, Concours D`Elegance in June, and its 4th of July fireworks show. The City is home to the Dana Point Harbor, the newly opened Ocean Institute presenting a wide array of marine life, to several beautiful lodging facilities and restaurants to accommodate your special needs.

Dana Point is named after Richard Henry Dana, Jr., a Harvard-trained lawyer, seaman, and author of the classic sea journal, Two Years Before the Mast. His writings document the voyage from Boston around Cape Horn to California on the merchant ship, Pilgrim, and describe the area once known as Capistrano Bay, as “the most romantic spot on the California Coast”. Today, Capistrano Bay is home to Dana Point. Another fascinating area commonly known to many as Monarch Bay, is also known as Dana Point. For more historical information about Capistrano Bay and Monarch Bay, please visit the Dana Point Historical Society at www.danapointhistorical.org.

The City incorporated in January 1989 as a general law City with a Council-Manager form of government with five Council members elected citywide. The City’s leadership and development is guided by its Mission, and Strategic and General Plans. The City provides a myriad of services such as Police and Fire (through the County of Orange and the Fire District Authority), code enforcement, zoning and building permitting, public works, recreation, parks and senior services. It also provides other services and programs such as animal control, street sweeping, annual tree maintenance, community gardens, vacation checks, and others. The Council and staff are committed to producing results and providing our residents, businesses and visitors with excellent service.
We hope you enjoy your visit!

The City of Dana Point is characterized by its seven miles of prominent coastal bluffs and scenic rolling hills along the Pacific Ocean. County, State and private beaches adorn the coastline, including world-famous surfing spots at Doheny Beach, Dana Strands, and Salt Creek. The Dana Point Harbor provides slips and moorings for more than 2,500 boats. Doheny State Park, one of California’s most popular beach facilities boasts 62 acres of open space, offering camping, picnicking, swimming, surfing, bicycling, and tide pool exploration, with over 2 million visitors annually. Other beaches in Dana Point include Salt Creek Beach, Monarch Beach, Dana Strand Beach, Baby Beach, Poche Beach and Capistrano County Beach.

Dana Point Parks

The City of Dana Point has 23 beautiful parks available for use by the public. You are welcome to utilize the City’s parks without charge or reservation, on first-come, first-served basis. If you wish to use a City park for such events as a wedding, large group picnic or gathering, please call (949) 248-3530 or email Sue Bonas, Administrative Aide. To view specific directions to the following park locations, please click on the highlighted addresses. If you would like a one page map of the park locations and amenities click here.

BLUFF TOP TRAIL – Access available at Violet Lantern and El Camino Capistrano or Amber Lantern and Santa Clara

CHLOE LUKE OVERLOOK – Camino Capistrano at Camino De La Estrella

CREEKSIDE PARK – 25743 Stonehill Drive

CRYSTAL COVE PARK – 25044 Via Elevado

DANA CREST PARK – 24451 Josiah Drive

DANA WOODS PARK – 24900 Dana Woods

DEL OBISPO PARK – 34052 Del Obispo St.


HERITAGE PARK – 34400 Old Golden Lantern

LANTERN BAY PARK – 25111 Park Lantern Road


LA PLAZA PARK – Pacific Coast Highway north of Golden Lantern

LOUISE LEYDEN PARK – Dana Bluff West and Via Verde

PALISADES GAZEBO – 26401 Palisades Drive

PINES PARK – 34941 Camino Capistrano

SAMPSON OVERVIEW GAZEBO –  Blue Lantern and Santa Clara

SEA TERRACE PARK – Pacific Coast Highway and Niguel Road

SEA VIEW PARK – 25262 Manzanita

SHIPWRECK PARK – 33972 Golden Lantern

SUNSET PARK – 33345 Calle Naranja

SYCAMORE CREEK TRAIL – Del Obispo and Quail Run

STRAND VISTA PARK – Selva Road & Pacific Coast Highway

THUNDERBIRD PARK – 33422 Ocean Hill Drive