About Dana Point

Dana Point, the city whose motto is “Harboring the Good Life,” is a coastal surfing destination in southern Orange County, CA. Named after the author Richard Henry Dana Jr. who wrote about the region in the novel Two Years Before the Mast, Dana Point has a population of 33,351 in its 29.5 square miles.

The city includes the ZIP codes 92624 and 92629. Of the 29.5 square miles that make up Dana Point, land accounts for 6.5 square miles; the remaining is water.

Shopping in Dana Point

Dana Point Harbor is the main shopping destination in the city. Located off Dana Point Harbor Drive, on Golden Lantern, just off the coast of Dana Cove, Dana Point Harbor includes the Dana Wharf and Mariners Village sections.

Retail establishments at Dana Point Harbor include local art, jewelry and home decor stores as well as clothing, perfume and surf shops, dining and entertainment. Surfing supply and apparel stores are common throughout Dana Point.

Utility Companies Serving Dana Point

Southern California Gas Company

South Coast Water District (SWDC also maintains all sewage in Dana Point)

Moulton Niguel Water District

San Juan Capistrano Water District

Public Works & Engineering Services Department (operates and maintains the city's storm drain system)

San Diego Gas and Electric


Cox Communications

Dana Point Business Climate

Surfing is central to culture and business in Dana Point. The city is home to the headquarters for surfing magazines Surfer's Journal and Surfer Magazine

The other types of businesses that operate in Dana Point include retail, entertainment and dining establishments; professional and financial services; fitness, recreation and health; and education and government.

Dana Point Government

Dana Point was incorporated as a city in 1989. It is in the 48th Congressional District, the 73rd Assembly District and the 35th Senate District of the California State Legislature.

A General Law City, Dana Point is governed by a City Manager and a five member City Council elected at large. The Council appoints a Mayor and a Mayor Pro Tem.