The community of Capistrano Beach in Dana Point, California, has a beautiful array of architectural styles and coastal living.
Capistrano Beach features everything from affordable and charming beach cottages, to multimillion dollar estates that can be found high up in the hills overlooking the beach and valley below. There are some older homes a little farther from shore off Camino Capistrano that tend to be modestly priced. Many noteworthy people live here. It is on Beach Road in this neighborhood, where Hobie Alter invented and designed the Hobie Cat catamaran.
Capistrano Beach is also known as Capo Beach, and is bordered by Doheny State Beach and San Clemente. Many homes here do not have Home Owners Association dues or Mello Roos. This neighborhood is close to freeway access, stores, restaurants, entertainment, and of course plenty of beaches. Nearby is the Saddleback Memorial Medical Center and Shorecliff Golf Club, which features an 18-hole PGA championship golf course.
Capistrano Beach is served by the Capistrano Unified School District, which offers highly ranked facilities like Shorecliffs Middle School and San Juan Hills High School. There are also several private schools in this city such as: Broderick Montessori School; South Shores Christian Preschool and Kindergarten; Gloria Del Lutheran Preschool; and Capo Beach Christian School.
The City of Dana Point is a popular surfing destination, as it has one of the few Orange County coast harbors. It was named after Richard Henry Dana, Jr. who wrote Two Years Before the Mast, describing this area as the “only romantic spot on the coast.” The harbor is now bustling with activity, and features a replica of the Pilgrim, Dana’s ship. And today this is a California Historical Landmark. Dana Point holds several events including the Festival of Whales that began in 1972, and the Tall Ships Festival which is one of the largest events on the West Coast.
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