The Historical Society has, in conjunction with the City of Dana Point, published a driving tour brochure to highlight our historic as well as contemporary attractions. Copies are available at the Dana Point Chamber of Commerce, Dana Point City Hall, most of the major hotels in town, the Orange County Dana Point Harbor and the Ocean Institute.

The Orange County Register reported on the release of this new cultural resource on March 26, 2010, including an interview with Carlos Olvera, Historical Society President, and a fine slideshow of photographs. The full article can be read by clicking here.

Carlos Olvera, copyright Vik Jolly, The OC Register

From the Driving Tour Brouchure:
“Dana Point is situated on the beautiful Southern California coast, halfway between San Diego and Los Angeles. It prides itself with nearly seven miles of coastal bluffs and rolling hills along the Pacific Ocean with its charming beaches and wild surfs. Most noteworthy of these bluffs is a unique promontory known as the “Headlands”, which overlooks Dana Point Harbor, one of the most significant manmade alterations of the Orange County coastline. Dana Point encompasses 6.5 square miles and is home to 35,110 people and numerous businesses, all working together as one community. You can see this collaboration in action during some of the City’s annual festivals and events such as the Turkey Trot in November, Festival of Whales in March, and its 4th of July fireworks show. The City is home to the Dana Point Harbor, the Ocean Institute presenting a wide array of marine life, to several beautiful lodging facilities and restaurants to accommodate everyone’s needs.”

The Dana Point Historical Society works to preserve the city’s historic structures, its vintage photograph collection and archival documents valuable to city history; the Society records oral histories of its residents and provides scholarships for local students. We would welcome your support.