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DANA POINT
California, U.S.A.
THE SURFING DESTINATION
Welcome to Dana Point, California.
Dana Point is a city in southern Orange County, home to around 33,400 people. The city is home to one of the few harbors along the Orange County coast, which thanks to its accessibility through the State Route 1. is a popular destination for surfing. The harbor houses 2,500 boats in two marinas, situated inside a one-and-a-half mile jetty. The facilities include a shipyard, boat rentals, yacht sales, two yacht clubs, a sailing association and more, and visitors can enjoy activities like fishing, windsurfing and kayaking. I addition, the harbor is lined with shops, restaurants, picnic areas and even a baby beach for the smallest. The city was named after the headland of Dana Point, which in turn was named after a man named Richard Henry Dana Jr. Dana was the author of Two Years Before the Mast, which mentioned the area among other places in Orange County. When Dana wrote the book, Dana Point and San Juan Capistrano comprised one area, which he described it as the only romantic spot on the coast. While he described the anchorage as poor, it is today a thriving harbor and a historic landmark housing a replica of his ship, The Pilgrim. Today, the Ocean Institute uses the ship as a classroom. In 1926, the three developers Woodruff, Chandler and Sherman created the Dana Point Syndicate. After engaging various investors, they purchased 1,388 acres of land and embarked the project to create a community with tree-lined and paved streets, electricity, telephones, sidewalks and various amenities. The 35 homes they constructed are called Woodruff houses, and can be found in the Dana Point historic core; also called Lantern Village. In the village, the streets are named after different colored lanterns Street of the Violet Lantern, Blue Lantern, etc. because colored lanterns was the way of communicating ship fares in the harbor 200 years ago. The Strands is one of the most coveted areas in Dana Point, featuring a luxury housing development on an old public beach next to Salt Creek and Ritz Carlton. These modern homes often sell for more than $10,000,000, and while they have made it difficult for surfers to access the water, the surfing culture is as strong as ever. Dana Point in fact has a notable surfing history, being home to several of the first companies that produced products for surfing. Before being destroyed at the construction of Dana Point Harbor, Killer Dana was a notorious surfing break off the city. Today, there are numerous other places to hit the waves, including the Salt Creek Beach, Doheny Beach, Baby Beach and Capistrano Beach.
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