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Dana Point IlluminOcean: A New Holiday Tradition in South Orange County

This is a new event for South County and it looks like the start of a fantastic holiday tradition:


The warmth of the Southern California winter season. The wonders of the deep blue sea. The dazzling spectacle of sights, sound and motion that’s electrifying our ocean views like [...]

Comedy Show Benefit for Dana Point’s Adopted 5th Marines Regiment

We love the way Orange County cities have adopted and supported our local Marines. Here’s an opportunity to support Dana Point’s adopted 5th Marines Regiment while enjoying a great night of comedy.

A star-studded line-up of national touring comedians are coming together on Monday, September 15th to host Laughs for Leathernecks, to raise funds for [...]

Happy 4th of July!

First and foremost, we hope that everyone out there enjoys a safe and happy 4th of July holiday. God bless America!

We’ve already given you the details on fireworks shows in Ladera Ranch and San Juan Capistrano. There are plenty of other fireworks shows scheduled in South Orange County tonight. Courtesy of the Orange County [...]

July 16th is South County Day at the OC Fair

The Orange County Fair opens on July 11th, and will celebrate South County, including San Juan Capistrano, Dana Point, and San Clemente, on July 16th. Guests are encouraged to wear clothes specific to your city. In addition, on July 16th, you can receive one free admission per person between noon and 3 PM with a [...]

Support Dana Point’s Adopted Marines Before They Deploy

If you are in Dana Point on July 12th, be sure to participate in this worthwhile event and support the deploying Marines of the 5th Marine Regiment:

Happy Birthday, Dana Point!

On June 7, 1988, Dana Point votes to incorporate as a city. Originally, the community considered naming itself “Serra” in honor of Father Junipero Serra, but shifted that honor to pioneering sailor Richard Henry Dana Jr.

Registration Now Open for Dana Point Grand Prix Kids Bike Races

Registration is now open for the free youth bicycle races, part of the Dana Point Grand Prix of Cycling. From the organizer’s web site:

The Dana Point Grand Prix is again proud to highlight the FREE Youth Races, sponsored by the Dana Point Community Cycling Foundation. The Youth Races are an opportunity for families and [...]

I-5 South County Improvement Project Construction Update

We wish this was an April Fool’s Day prank, but alas, South County residents are currently monitoring three massive construction projects going on simultaneously on the I-5 freeway. Below is the latest information about the I-5 South County Improvement Project that stretches from Avenida Pico in San Clemente to San Juan Creek Road in San [...]

Dana Point Captain Captures Epic Drone Footage of So Cal Dolphins and Whales

Wow, talk about an epic video. Captain Dave Anderson runs a dophin and whale watching business out of Dana Point. He is also a photographer and filmmaker. With the use of drone technology, he has produced a short flim featuring a large pod of dolphins off the coast of Dana Point, a gray whale migration [...]

Save the Date: Dana Point State of the City Lunch on April 29, 2014

The Dana Point Chamber of Commerce will host the 2014 Dana Point State of the City lunch. The event will take place April 29th at The St. Regis Monarch Beach and feature a speech by Dana Point Mayor Lisa Bartlett on the future of economic and business development in the city. As you know, [...]