dana point

  1. Pilgrim


    The Pilgrim, a three-masted schooner that was a full-sized replica of the merchant ship that Richard Henry Dana detailed in his classic novel Two Years Before the Mast, keeled overnight between Saturday, March 28 and Sunday, March 29 and sank in her slip at Dana Point Harbor.
  2. Dana Point, California

    Dana Point, California

    Richard Henry Dana (the author of "Two Years Before the Mast") considered the high bluffs and sheltered coves of this area of Southern California to be the most beautiful spot on the California coast. Pioneering surfers agreed as they surfed the many beach breaks along the coast.
  3. Ahi platter at Waterman's Harbor in Dana Point

    Ahi platter at Waterman's Harbor in Dana Point

    Many species of fish are consumed as food in virtually all regions around the world. Fish has been an important source of protein and other nutrients for humans throughout history.
  4. Dana Point sunset

    Dana Point sunset

    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".
  5. Squirrel


    Dana Point Harbor squirrel. Many tree squirrel species have adapted to human-altered environments such as rural farms, suburban backyards and urban parks; and because they are diurnal (active during the daytime) they have become perhaps the most familiar wildlife to most humans.
  6. Sunset at Dana Point Harbor

    Sunset at Dana Point Harbor

    Sunset creates unique atmospheric conditions such as the intense orange and red colors of the Sun and the surrounding sky. At sunrise and sunset, when the path through the atmosphere is longer, the blue and green components are removed almost completely, leaving the longer wavelength orange and red.
  7. Pelican


    Pelicans are a genus of large water birds that make up the family Pelecanidae. They are characterised by a long beak and a large throat pouch used for catching prey and draining water from the scooped-up contents before swallowing.
  8. Welcome to Dana Point

    Welcome to Dana Point

    The harbor, built in the 1960s and dedicated on July 31, 1971, is home to a marina, shops, and restaurants, and is a point of departure for the Catalina Express, a transportation service to and from the City of Avalon on Catalina Island. The entire harbor is set for demolition and redevelopment.
  9. Mahe Dana Point

    Mahe Dana Point

    Sushi and shishito peppers for Sunday lunch at Mahe Dana Point. Good service and a lot of options available on their menu with sushi, steaks, and seafood.
  10. Bloody Mary with a beer back

    Bloody Mary with a beer back

    Bloody Mary with a beer back during Saturday brunch at Jimmy's Famous American Tavern in Dana Point.
  11. Statue of Richard Henry Dana

    Statue of Richard Henry Dana

    Richard Henry Dana Jr. (August 1, 1815 – January 6, 1882) was an American lawyer & politician from Massachusetts, a descendant of an eminent colonial family, who gained renown as the author of the classic American memoir Two Years Before the Mast. He was a champion of the downtrodden.
  12. Dana Point Harbor

    Dana Point Harbor

    Dana Point was a popular port for ships involved with the hide trade with nearby Mission San Juan Capistrano. Trading reached its peak in the 1830s and 1840s. Richard Henry Dana then visited the area in 1835 while serving aboard the sailing brig Pilgrim on her voyage along the California coastline.
  13. Rock Diver

    Rock Diver

    A guy diving off of a rock during high tide at Dana Point tide pools. This seems very dangerous since there are so many large rocks in the area that are visible at low tide.
  14. Dana Point rocky shore

    Dana Point rocky shore

    Dana Point is a city located in southern Orange County, California. It has one of the few harbors along the Orange County coast, and with ready access via State Route 1, it is a popular local destination for surfing.
  15. Dana Point tidepools

    Dana Point tidepools

    Tidepools are defined as the area encompassing the rocky pools that are filled with seawater due to retracting tides between the mean higher high tide line and the mean lower low tide line.
  16. Salmon salad

    Salmon salad

    Grilled Apricot-Chile Glazed Salmon Salad with Spinach, Corn, Boiled Egg, Tomatoes, Garbanzo Beans, Crispy Onions, Pecan Wood Smoked Bacon, Vinaigrette at Jimmy's Famous American Tavern in Dana Point, California.
  17. Pizza baby

    Pizza baby

    Wood fired pepperoni pizza at Still Water in Dana Point, California.
  18. Steak salad

    Steak salad

    Steak salad at Still Water in Dana Point. Flat Iron Steak, Mixed Greens, Tomato, Red Onion, Green Beans, Avocado, Cucumber, Balsamic Vinaigrette.
  19. Signature Grilled Santa Fe Caesar

    Signature Grilled Santa Fe Caesar

    Signature Grilled Santa Fe Caesar at Jimmy's Famous American Grill in Dana Point, California. Grilled Heart of Romaine, Corn, Pico de Gallo, Parmesan Cheese, Avocado, Green Chile, Caesar Dressing with Grilled Chicken.
  20. Sago palm flower

    Sago palm flower

    The flower on a Sago palm tree in Dana Point, California.