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Overview of Dana Point

Novelist Richard Henry Dana referred to a stretch of Southern California coast as "the only romantic spot in California," and Dana Point became his namesake. Dana Point was initially a refuge for pirates from Argentina after they set fire to parts of nearby Mission San Juan Capistrano in 1818. Dana Point was incorporated in 1989 and is home to more than 35,000 residents. The coastal city features more than seven miles of coastal bluffs and hillsides, and Dana Point apartments for rent are conveniently located in the southern region of Orange County approximately equidistant to Los Angeles and San Diego. Dana Point is bordered by Laguna Nigel, Laguna Beach, San Juan Capistrano and San Clemente.

Living in Dana Point, CA

The Dana Point Harbor is one of the most important community features enjoyed by residents in Dana Point apartments. The harbor includes two marinas that are home to 2,500 yachts, and they feature complete facilities that include guest slips, a fuel dock and boat rentals. Many locals enjoy fishing, and Dana Wharf Sportfishing offers modern vessels that are often used on family fishing expeditions.

Dana Point is conveniently located off of Interstate 5, which makes the rest of Southern California easily accessible to residents. Popular theme parks such as Disneyland and Knottsberry Farm and Legoland are less than an hour away. Cultural centers such as the Orange County Performing Arts Center and the South Coast Repertory Theater in Costa Mesa are about 30 miles from Dana Point.

Dana Point Work and Study

Dana Point is a popular California destination, and the city's booming hospitality and tourism industry is a major source of employment within the city. Within Dana Point, there are more than 1,900 hotel rooms and more than 100 restaurants, all of which primarily rely on locals to fill employment positions. The top employers in Orange County are close to Dana Point. They include Allergan Inc., Anaheim City Hall, Blogtagon Social Media, Boeing Co and Broadcom Corp. The Capistrano Unified School District is the top employer in South Orange County.

Dana Point is served by the Capistrano Unified School District, which provides public education to more than 50,000 students in grades K-12. Soka University of Arizona is located in nearby Aliso Viejo, offering students a private four-year international liberal arts education. Saddleback College, a community college located just six miles from Dana Point in Mission Viejo, provides a diverse mix of technology and applied science programs.

Rentals in Dana Point, CA, and Cost of Living

Dana Point's Economic Development Division operates programs that assist low-income residents with cost of living expenses and affordable housing. Many programs are operated by nonprofits outside of the city, and offer rental assistance and counseling services. According to city-data.com, the median gross rent for Dana Point apartments was $1,689 in 2009.

Dana Point Attractions and Special Events

The Dana Point Festival of Whales is the city's most famous annual event and corresponds with the migration of the California Gray Whale. The official festival takes place in March, but whale watching expeditions start at the end of December and are offered through the first of April.

Doheny State Beach in Dana Point hosts the annual Doheny Blues Festival, which is one of the biggest blues festivals in the nation. The festival features live performances on three stages, microbrew tasting and an international food court.

The Tall Ships Festival is hosted by the Ocean Institute in Dana Point Harbor. Tall ships from up and down the West Coast gather off the shores of South Laguna and sail toward Dana Point Harbor and take spectators back in time by firing cannons along the way.

To find your next rental apartment or house in Dana Point, take a look at our listings on Rent.com®.

Lyon Monarch Coast - Dana Point, CA 92629
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(6)

Dana Point, CA 92629

$1650 - $2985

1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Dana Point, CA (Laguna Niguel South, Laguna Niguel West...)

(6)

$1650 - $2985

418 Units 1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Harbor Pointe - Dana Point, CA 92629
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Dana Point, CA 92629

$1904 - $2558

1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Dana Point, CA (Dana Hills)


$1904 - $2558

196 Units 1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Seabrook At Bear Brand - Dana Point, CA 92629
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(5)

Dana Point, CA 92629

$1600 - $3110

1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Dana Point, CA (Dana Hills)

(5)

$1600 - $3110

402 Units 1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Seaview Summit - Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
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Laguna Niguel, CA 92677

$1885 - $2700

1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Laguna Niguel, CA (Laguna Niguel West, Laguna Sur...)


$1885 - $2700

100 Units 1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Sendero Gateway Apartment Homes - Rancho Mission Viejo, CA 92694
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Rancho Mission Viejo, CA 92694

$1752 - $2975

1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Apex Laguna - Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
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Laguna Niguel, CA 92677

$1737 - $3950

0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Laguna Niguel, CA (Mission Viejo South, Nellie Gail Ranch)


$1737 - $3950

284 Units 0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Avana San Clemente - San Clemente, CA 92672
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San Clemente, CA 92672

$1601 - $2001

1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

San Clemente, CA


$1601 - $2001

250 Units 1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Lyon Capistrano Pointe - San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
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(4)

San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

$1616 - $2401

1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

San Juan Capistrano, CA (Capistrano Beach)

(4)

$1616 - $2401

274 Units 1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Pinnacle at Talega - San Clemente, CA 92673
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(122)

San Clemente, CA 92673

$1703 - $3039

1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

San Clemente, CA

(122)

$1703 - $3039

362 Units 1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Aliso Town Center Apartment Homes - Aliso Viejo, CA 92656
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Aliso Viejo, CA 92656

$1450 - $3250

1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Aliso Viejo, CA (Laguna Woods Village)


$1450 - $3250

192 Units 1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Las Flores Apartment Homes - Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688
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Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688

$1685 - $3290

1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Rancho Santa Margarita, CA (Las Flores)


$1685 - $3290

504 Units 1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Vista Bella Apartment Homes - Aliso Viejo, CA 92656
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Aliso Viejo, CA 92656

$1590 - $3225

1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Aliso Viejo, CA (Laguna Woods Village)


$1590 - $3225

241 Units 1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

eaves Los Alisos - Lake Forest, CA 92630
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(160)

Lake Forest, CA 92630

$1585 - $2190

1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Lake Forest, CA (Mission Viejo North)

(160)

$1585 - $2190

140 Units 1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Lyon Pacific Pointe - San Clemente, CA 92673
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(2)

San Clemente, CA 92673

$1430 - $2499

0-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

San Clemente, CA

(2)

$1430 - $2499

192 Units 0-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

The Palms at Laguna Niguel - Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
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(152)

Laguna Niguel, CA 92677

$1430 - $2641

1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Laguna Niguel, CA (Laguna Niguel North, Rancho Niguel)

(152)

$1430 - $2641

460 Units 1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Vista Real Apartment Homes - Mission Viejo, CA 92691
15

Mission Viejo, CA 92691

$1750 - $4240

1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Mission Viejo, CA (Granada, Mission Viejo South)


$1750 - $4240

216 Units 1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

eaves Mission Viejo - Mission Viejo, CA 92692
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(156)

Mission Viejo, CA 92692

$1500 - $1905

1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Mission Viejo, CA (Castille Central, Mission Viejo Central)

(156)

$1500 - $1905

166 Units 1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Laurel Glen Apartment Homes - Ladera Ranch, CA 92694
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(2)

Ladera Ranch, CA 92694

$1695 - $2525

1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Ladera Ranch, CA (Ladera Ranch)

(2)

$1695 - $2525

220 Units 1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

St. Moritz Resorts - Aliso Viejo, CA 92656
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(13)

Aliso Viejo, CA 92656

$1630 - $2835

1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Aliso Viejo, CA

(13)

$1630 - $2835

675 Units 1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Laurel Vista Apartment Homes - Ladera Ranch, CA 92694
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(4)

Ladera Ranch, CA 92694

$1640 - $2075

1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Ladera Ranch, CA (Ladera Ranch)

(4)

$1640 - $2075

220 Units 1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

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