Dana Point

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Dana Point is a city, beach and Whale Heritage Site located in southern Orange County, California. It has one of the few harbors along the Orange County coast. With ready access via State Route 1, it is a popular local destination for surfing and is known as The Dolphin & Whale Watching Capital of the World.

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.

Open Water Swimming

The Nadadores Rough Water Swim is an ocean swim held at Salt Creek Beach in Dana Point.

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