Capistrano Beach

Capo Beach, CACapistrano Beach, sometimes called "Capo Beach" by locals, is located in the south section of Dana Point in Orange County, California. It is bordered by San Clemente to the south and Laguna Beach to the north. Capistrano Beach is one of the few remaining "beach towns" in the OC. While lacking the resort cachet of Laguna and Newport Beach, Capistrano Beach is a unique and charming place with a "small town" atmosphere.

Capistrano Beach homes range from beach cottages to some of the finest real estate in Orange County. Many multi-million dollar homes can be found in the area, with some situated atop a cliff overlooking Coast Highway and the Capistrano Beach park below. There are also more modest older homes in Capistrano Beach, farther inland off Camino Capistrano.

Capo Beach itself is one of those places you can go in the evening and relax. It's a quick walk from your car, and one of the easiest beaches in the area to find parking. It's also a short walk from the shops of Dana Point Harbor. The Amtrak train heading to the San Juan Capistrano station whizzes right by the beach, adding virtually the only reminder of the bustle of Southern California.


Capistrano Beach homes sit on a promontory overlooking Dana Point Harbor. It is one of the last "beach towns" in existence. Oil magnate Edward Doheny bought several lots in Capistrano Beach in 1928. He built several Spanish-style homes both on the bluffs and on the beach before tragedy struck the family. In 1944, the lots were sold by Doheny's widow to private citizens.

Parks and Recreation

Dana Point maintains 22 parks, a community center and a community garden. The Dana Point Community Center offers basketball, volleyball and restrooms. The Capistrano Beach home buyer will enjoy the Community Gardens, Pines Park, Samson Overview Gazebo, Palisades Gazebo and Chloe Luke Overlook, which feature spectacular ocean views. Parks generally include picnic and playground facilities, some contain grills and doggie parks, while others offer ball fields and athletic courts.

Attractions and Events

Capistrano Beach properties are located near some amazing attractions. Visit Catalina Island on high-speed Catalina Express boats. The adjacent Dana Point Harbor hosts the Ocean Institute for a different point of view, including whale watching aboard a Tall Ship. Tour The Pilgrim, a replica of the ship sailed upon by Richard Henry Dana, Jr., author of Two Years Before the Mast. There are a few Capistrano Beach hotels and restaurants sprinkled on the other side of the landmark Pacific Coast Highway, which winds up the California coast. Olemendi's Mexican restaurant is a local cult favorite.

Purchasers of Capistrano Beach homes for sale will be in the thick of area events. The Farmer's Market, for example, is held every Saturday. Several times in December new residents have the opportunity to tour historic homes afoot on a docent-led nature tour. Do you make handicrafts? Sell them or buy your new neighbors' crafts at the craft fair. New owners of homes for sale in Capistrano Beach simply must not miss the Winter Festival and Tree Lighting.

Home in Capistrano Beach

Capistrano Beach - Last of the Undeveloped Beach Towns

If you like Capistrano Beach's easygoing vibe and proximity to the action of Dana Point and Laguna Beach, now is the time to make a move. Call the Coldwell Banker team led by broker Dan Raphael, 949-370-9930. They are OC coastal pros who can help you get a start on identifying the best deals and fit for your lifestyle and budget.

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