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Dana Point, California
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With its impressive high bluffs, as well as its secluded and sheltered coves, Dana Point provides not only a sought after surfing location, but also provides one of the area’s few harbors. From the fresh-water lagoon of Doheny State Beach, to the clean surroundings and fantastic views of Salt Creek Beach Park, there is much to offer. Capistrano Beach, or rather Capo Beach, is a true beach town, offering a small-town vibe for both visitors and the neighborhoods within.

Dana Point Harbor, with its marinas and eclectic boutiques, is a jumping off point for dolphin and whale-watching cruises. Surf waves roll onto nearby Doheny State Beach and Salt Creek Beach, which is backed by a grassy park. Trails wind through Dana Point Headlands Conservation Area, which has sweeping ocean views and an interpretive center. It's a scene that plays out year-round in Dana Point, a once-sleepy town put on the map among the surf-minded set in the 1950s. Since then, Dana Point's appeal has reached far beyond wave worshippers: A bustling harbor, locally owned restaurants, and more than 30 specialty shops attract thousands of visitors each year. Walk the palm tree– and succulent-lined pathways overlooking the water and you might catch a fisherman hauling in the day's fresh catch, a family out for an afternoon sail, or a trio of sea lions basking on the harbor's rocky perimeter.

Today, 35,000 people—a mix of everyone from retirees to young families—call Dana Point home. An 18-hole, Robert Trent Jones–designed golf course skirts the sea, and an emerging food scene has meant an influx of restaurants: burger joints, fine-dining establishments, and everything in between. Spurring more growth is a $16 million rejuvenation project the city recently embarked on to upgrade its historic Lantern Village district with outdoor seating, wider walkways, coastal landscaping, and more.

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