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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®.

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5

Dana Point, CA 92629

$1,827 and up

1-3 Beds1-2 Baths

20

Dana Point, CA 92629

$1,986 and up

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths

Dana Point, CA (Dana Point)


$1,986 and up

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths
23
4

San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

$1,749 and up

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths

San Juan Capistrano, CA (San Juan Capistrano)

(4)

$1,749 and up

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths
17
6

Laguna Niguel, CA 92677

$1,584 and up

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths

Laguna Niguel, CA (Laguna Heights, Laguna Niguel)

(6)

$1,584 and up

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths
9

Laguna Niguel, CA 92677

$1,945 and up

2-3 Beds2 Baths

Laguna Niguel, CA (Laguna Niguel, Niguel Ranch)


$1,945 and up

2-3 Beds2 Baths

Laguna Niguel, CA 92677

$1,936 and up

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths

Laguna Niguel, CA (Laguna Niguel)


$1,936 and up

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths
37
2

Laguna Niguel, CA 92677

$1,999 and up

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths

Laguna Niguel, CA (Laguna Niguel)

(2)

$1,999 and up

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths
27

Mission Viejo, CA 92692

$1,745 and up

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths

Mission Viejo, CA (Mission Viejo)


$1,745 and up

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths
36

Laguna Niguel, CA 92677

$1,965 and up

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths

Laguna Niguel, CA (Laguna Niguel)


$1,965 and up

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths
202

Aliso Viejo, CA 92656

$1,795 and up

1-3 Beds1-2 Baths

Aliso Viejo, CA (Aliso Viejo)

(202)

$1,795 and up

1-3 Beds1-2 Baths
28

Aliso Viejo, CA 92656

$1,730 and up

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths

Aliso Viejo, CA (Aliso Viejo)


$1,730 and up

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths
7

Aliso Viejo, CA 92656

$1,730 and up

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths

Aliso Viejo, CA (Aliso Viejo)

(7)

$1,730 and up

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths
38
14

Mission Viejo, CA 92691

$1,785 and up

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths

Mission Viejo, CA (Mission Viejo)

(14)

$1,785 and up

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths
28

Rancho Mission Viejo, CA 92694

$1,981 and up

1-3 Beds1-2 Baths

21
156

Mission Viejo, CA 92692

$1,718 and up

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths

Mission Viejo, CA (Mission Viejo)

(156)

$1,718 and up

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths
13

Mission Viejo, CA 92691

$1,576 and up

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths

Mission Viejo, CA (Mission Viejo)


$1,576 and up

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths
19

Laguna Hills, CA 92653

$1,829 and up

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths

Laguna Hills, CA (Central Laguna Hills, Laguna Hills)


$1,829 and up

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths

Laguna Niguel, CA 92677

$1,695 and up

1-3 Beds1-3 Baths

Laguna Niguel, CA (Laguna Niguel)


$1,695 and up

1-3 Beds1-3 Baths