Monarch Beach is an affluent waterfront neighborhood in Dana Point, California, that offers resort style living, stunning views, and five star hotels. This is the home of The Ritz Carlton and the St. Regis.
This small residential area features views of the Pacific Ocean, Catalina Island, and the evening sunsets. Although this is a heavy tourist region, residents have their privacy behind gated communities. Some areas even have direct access to the beach, affording a true coastal experience. Residents enjoy low crime, competitive schools, and healthy lifestyles.
Situated between Laguna Beach and Dana Point, Monarch Beach is close to stores, restaurants, and entertainment as well as the Dana Point Harbor. Many people consider The Links at Monarch Beach Golf Course to be one of Southern California’s best. The Monarch Beach Tennis Club not only has eight championship tennis courts it features a swimming pool, Jacuzzi, steam room, sauna, and spa services. And a favorite surfing destination is the Salt Creek Beach. This community also has direct access to Strands Beach.
There are several private schools in this city, such as Broderick Montessori School, Capo Beach Christian School, and Gloria Del Lutheran Preschool. And the public education system offers facilities like Richard Henry Dana Elementary, as well as highly ranked Marco Forster Middle School and Dana Hills High School.
Dana Point is a one of only a few Orange County cities that has a harbor, and that is why it is coveted for its surfing opportunities. The city 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 now 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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