Dana Point is a city located in southern Orange County, California. It has one of the few harbors along the Orange County coast, and with ready access via Pacific Coast Hwy #1, it is a popular local destination for surfing, stand up water sports like SUP and boating.
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.
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