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City of Dana Point                   

General Law City
Incorporated: January 1, 1989
City Hall:
33282 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, CA 92629
City Telephones: (949) 248-3500; Fax (949) 248-9920
Population (2000 Census): 35,110 (1990 Census: 31,896) (For latest estimated population, click here)
Population Density (2000 Census): 5,288
Population Under Age 18 (2000 Census): 20.6% (1990 Census: 20.0%)
Population Over Age 64 (2000 Census): 13.0% (1990 Census: 10.0%)
Land Area: 6.64 square miles (17.19 square kilometers)
Water Area: 22.80 square miles (59.06 square kilometers)
Geographic Coordinates (Latitude/Longitude): 33.472210-117.693038

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Dana Point Chamber of Commerce: PO Box 12, Dana Point, CA 92629-0012; (949) 496-1555; Fax (949) 496-5321

The bay was originally named Bahia de San Juan Capistrano (Spanish for San Juan Capistrano Bay). The U.S. Coastal Survey in 1884 applied the name Dana to a triangulation point along the coast in the area. The name was for author Richard Henry Dana Jr. who wrote the classic sea journal Two Years Before the Mast (1840).  The trading ship on which Dana sailed (Pilgrim) had anchored in the area. Dana wrote of it as "the most romantic spot on the California coast." In 1902, the U.S. Geological Survey applied the name Dana to the area's point and cove.



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