Live & Play

A spectacular harbor, dramatic coastal bluffs, and beautiful beaches draw millions each year to visit Dana Point. For nearly 37,000 people, this is home. They enjoy a distinctive seaside lifestyle, where the Pacific Ocean provides both recreational opportunities galore and breathtaking scenic backdrop.

The city’s boundaries encompass the three distinct communities of Capistrano beach, Dana Point, and Monarch Beach. The people who live here are affluent and well educated. More than 40% have occupations in management and professional services. Close to half the population has a bachelor’s degree or higher.

In the 1950’s and 60’s, Dana Point, home to pioneer surfers, helped shape popular Southern California beach culture. Today, the city’s vision is to be “the most beautiful, desirable, and safest coastal community in which to live, work, visit, play, or conduct business.” Many Dana Point residents, along with the city and the Dana Point Chamber of Commerce, are actively engaged in bringing about that vision.

People in Dana Point are upscale yet laid back. They enjoy an active lifestyle, made possible by the coast. Residents have great pride in their community, evident by the numerous cultural and civic organizations — such as the Historical Society, Woman’s Club, Rotary, and Dana Point Coastal Arts.

One source of community pride is our excellent schools. Dana Hills High School, for example, is one of the state’s most honored secondary schools. Recently, US News & World Report ranked Dana Hills High in the top 5% of US high schools.

Dana Point has more than 65 acres of public park land at 21 sites. The Dana Point Community Services Department offers everything from meal programs and health screenings for older adults to organized activities for young children. Sports activities, special events and cultural arts programs complete a year-round calendar of fun, entertainment, and information services.

With stunning geography, access to large urban centers, a myriad of outdoor recreation options, high community spirit, and low crime rate, Dana Point is a great place to raise a family, retire, or do business. It’s no wonder the city’s motto is “Harboring the Good Life.”