Capistrano Beach, also known as and affectionately called Capo Beach, is a South Orange County neighborhood of the city of Dana Point a couple of minutes south of the harbor. It is bordered on the north by Laguna Beach and on the south by San Clemente. Inland from Capistrano Beach, there are San Clemente communities like Forster Ranch and Talega. It is real close to San Juan Capistrano and Mission Viejo as well. It is a small beach town that has survived the push of commercial development. It is just over 2 square miles and it houses close to 9000 permanent residents. It has miles of sandy beach that stretch from just south of the harbor to San Clemente.
The weather in Capo Beach is like a dream. Capo Beach enjoys a Mediterranean-like climate with warm weather year round, more than 310 days of sun and weather conducive to fully taking advantage of the beach culture and active outdoor lifestyles. The average temperature in the area is 70 degrees. The climate in Capo Beach is like a dream. Capistrano Beach enjoys average yearly low temperatures in the 43-61 degree range and high average yearly temperatures in the 68-80 degree range. It can get into the 90’s and 100’s in August and it really never gets all that cold. With the abundance of sun and a love of being outdoors with the smell of fresh salt air with soothing, light breezes off the Pacific Ocean that don’t let things get too cool, you will adore this Dana Point neighborhood. It does get on average over 13 inches of rain but it isn’t enough to dampen the spirits of residents who revel in the beach lifestyle.
Capo Beach is part of the Capistrano Unified School District. Its public schools are top notch and between the public school and private school options found in the greater city of Dana Point, there are quality schools for Capp Beach children pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. Dana Hills High School is a well-respected public school. The community also has a tremendous parks and recreations program. There are sports leagues, classes and activities for all ages including adult co-ed softball, youth basketball as well as classes in fitness, dance and arts and crafts for kids among the many. Dana Point has a wealth of public parks that include children’s playgrounds and open space for them to run around safely. Community events in the city that are among the perks of living in Dana Point include the Festival of the Whales, farmers markets, summer concerts in the park, the Doheny Blue’s Festival and the Dana Point Grand Prix of Cycling.
With the weather in Dana Point, surfing, body boarding, paddle boarding, cycling, golf, tennis, sports, jogs on the beach are all popular activities. Dana Point has strong roots in the sport of surfing with the original Endless Summer produced in the city and Surfer’s Journal and Surfer Magazine Founded in the community. Living the beach lifestyle in Dana Point is about as good as it gets. It is a unique beach community because among the many outdoor things to do in Dana Point, it has the harbor which opens up all sorts of fun activities that other beach cities don’t have in their own backyards. In fact, the Dana Point Harbor is one of only a handful of harbors in coastal Orange County. With the harbor, residents can go sailing, fishing, whale watching, take a trip to Catalina Island, enjoy seafood restaurants and go shopping all in the harbor. At Monarch Beach, golf enthusiasts can take on the Par 70 Championship Golf Course, a world class design by master architect Robert Trent Jones Jr. Few golf courses in the world have better ocean views than this incredible golf course. For those adventurous spirits, Laguna Beach to the north has luxury shopping, spas, amazing restaurants, exquisite art galleries and the Sawdust Festival and Pageant of the Masters. Dana Point is close enough to enjoy an Angel’s Baseball Game, a trip to Disneyland or a trip to Soak City at Knott’s Berry Farm. Attractions to the south in neighboring San Diego County including Lego Land, Sea World and San Diego Charger Football Games are also within reasonable distance so you really don’t get cheated out of entertainment living in this beach community. There are plenty of amenities in Capo Beach and Dana Point between grocery stores, casual eateries, fine dining restaurants, retail shopping and service related businesses. You can get pretty much whatever you need in Dana Point or neighboring cities and everything is fairly easy to get to.
Capo Beach has some incredible luxury estates including beachfront homes in a gated community on the south end bordering San Clemente. There are large and luxurious homes in exclusive communities that overlook the Pacific Ocean with extraordinary views. These Capo Beach homes perched atop the bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean and towards Catalina bear witness to the best sunsets Southern California has to offer. As homes move inland from the bluff along Camino Capistrano, the homes become less expensive and within reach of more families interested in the coastal lifestyle. They are beautiful homes with safe neighborhoods great for raising a family.