Dana Point Headlands on the beautiful Orange County Coast is named after author Richard Henry Dana, Jr. who wrote Two Years Before The Mast in 1840. Mr. Dana considered this stretch of coastline "the only romantic spot on the coast." Dana Point became an important trading harbor for nearby Mission San Juan Capistrano. Today, the peaceful Dana Point Harbor has shops and restaurants as well as trails leading up to the Headlands Conservation Area. The area has also been designated as a California Historical Landmark.