Capistrano Beach, Dana Point, California
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District of Dana Point
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Capistrano Beach, also known as Capo Beach, is a populated place in the city of Dana Point in Orange County, California. It is bordered by San Clemente to the south and Doheny State Beach to the north.
Capistrano Beach is situated along the coast on the southern end of Dana Point. Homes range from beach cottages to some of the finest real estate in Orange County. Many multimillion-dollar homes can be found in the area, with some situated atop a cliff overlooking Coast Highway and the Capistrano Beach park below. Several celebrities live in the town area, notably on Beach Road, where Hobie Alter conceived of the popular Hobie Cat catamaran. There are modest, older homes a little farther from the shore.
Originally a part of Rancho Boca de la Playa, the area now known as Capistrano Beach was known as Serra in the late 1880s when the California Central Railway was first extending down from Los Angeles. The land was sold to the San Bernardino and San Diego Railway. Development of Capistrano Beach started in 1925 with residential homes on the bluff. The Capistrano Beach Club was built along the shore of the new development. In 1929, the Petroleum Securities Company (owned by Edward L. Doheny) became the new owners of the Capistrano Beach development. In 1931, Doheny donated over 40 acres (16 ha) to the state for Doheny State Beach. Capistrano Beach became part of the city of Dana Point in 1989.
The 1,180 feet (360 m) wooden pier is popular for strolling, sightseeing, and fishing. The pier was severely damaged by waves in 1964, after which it was condemned and demolisded 1965. The Capistrano Beach Club became rundown and, in the late 1960s, was dismantled.
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