Love the Place You Live: Dana Point, California

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Dana Point, California…at least for the next 71 days. Yikes!  When I read that Design Mom was going to have a link up called “Love Where You Live” I knew I had to participate.  Right now and for the last almost three years, we have called Dana Point home.  I have so many pictures of our beautiful beaches on sunny days, but I wanted this post to be authentic.  So on Saturday afternoon after baseball we went to the Dana Point Harbor.  Even on a gray day like it was on Saturday, there is so much going on. 

The Ocean Institute offers classes and tours of the Tall Ship Pilgrim.  Docents are dressed in period costume as they greet and guide you back in time.  Children from all over Southern California take field trips to the Ocean Institute.

 Stand up paddle has become hugely popular the last few years.  They rent boards and paddles by the hour and “baby beach” (as the locals call it) was the perfect place to get the hang of it before heading out to the open water.

I can’t even begin to tell you how many versions of license plates we have seen that incorporate surf.  I wish I had kept a log…  We will miss a lot about California when we move back east, but I think for me…it will be the sunsets.  Even on the gloomiest of days…somehow the sun seems to make an appearance just as it sets.


  • kim at northerncalstyle.

    Annie, Gorgeous photos. You are so lucky to live in Dana Point. I would love to visit some day. My kids would love the Tall Ships program.Kim:)

  • Tabitha

    Oh it looks so beautiful. I really hope we move somewhere else someday, I love my house but loathe the city we live in.

  • tinajo

    Great post, it looks very inviting and beautiful! 🙂

  • Julia

    We had dinner at a wonderful Italian restaurant (unfortunately I do not remember the name) when we visited there a few years ago…such a beautiful place!

  • Cheryl

    Annie, I love the images! You do live in a beautiful area!!!

  • pam {simple details}

    It's beautiful, Annie, as are your photos! How fortunate that your family got to experience it for awhile!

  • hostess of the humble bungalow

    Living by the sea is such a gift.Palm trees look so different than our fir trees too, they look tropical.

  • The Corson Cottage

    Annie, so interesting to see other parts of the country. Dana Point looks beautiful. I love where I live in my Midwestern small historic rivertown. But, there has always been something about seaside living that pulls at my soul a bit. Who knows…maybe someday. Carrie

  • Charissa

    I love the standup surfing people. That looks so fun–even in the gloom. And the sunset–AH! A keeper.

  • Fifi Flowers

    LOVE Dana Point such a PRETTY place!

  • Pinecone

    When I see these – as usual I am missing living by the water!! It has been 8 months since we left Gig Harbor – can't believe it.You live in such a gorg place and I hope your new spot is just as beautiful Annie!xoAshlyn

  • pamela

    Dana Point is a lovely area. You were lucky to have landed in such a nice spot for the time you were here. I have been on a couple field trips to the Ocean Institute and it is always a favorite of the kids.

    We are finally relocating to the east coast the end of July. You have inspired me to start a new blog when I get back there to share the east with my west coast friends.

    As always, thanks for the beautiful photos.

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