At Home in Dana Point
Dana Point has always been a place of refuge for vessels sailing along the Southern California coastline. The tranquil waters of the cove provide sanctuary from the rough seas of the open ocean. In a sense, the city of Dana Point offers a similar experience to those traveling the coast by automobile. Millions of visitors each year stop to enjoy our serene little community and beautiful ocean views before continuing their journey. They find it a welcome break from the busy interstates and highways that run through this part of the country.
At Neale & Fhima, we like to think of our law firm as a place of refuge for injury victims. Our attorneys can protect your rights in the aftermath of a car accident or other serious accident. We are proud to call Dana Point our home, and we invite you to learn more about our community.
The Dana Point Harbor
In his memoir published in 1840, Richard Henry Dana Jr. wrote fondly of the section of coastline that would later bear his name. He did note a problem with the port as it existed during that period, though — that being a lack of good anchorage. That problem no longer exists. In the late 1960s, the Army Corps of Engineers built a system of rock jetties that form the breakwater for Dana Point Harbor. The harbor became a defining feature of our community, and the marina is still in use today.
Using the Ocean as a Classroom
The Ocean Institute is an educational nonprofit founded nearly 40 years ago. It operates on two and a half acres inside the Dana Point Harbor and offers the following attractions:
- Two historical American sailing vessels. Both tallships are replicas of vessels that sailed these waters in centuries past. The brig Pilgrim serves as a dockside living-history exhibit. The schooner Spirit of Dana Point still sails the ocean, giving passengers a true taste of life at sea.
- Whale watching cruises. In 1994, the Ocean Institute purchased the Sea Explorer, a 65-foot research vessel. Passengers can observe whales, dolphins, sea lions, and other marine life while learning about oceanography and local environmental issues.
- The Maddie James Seaside Learning Center. Madeleine James was five years old when she was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. In memory of Maddie and her love for the ocean, the MJSLC provides award-winning marine education programs to K-12 students.
Experience the “Riviera” of Southern California
Much like that famous stretch of coast in the south of France, Dana Point offers a stunning beachfront, world-class accommodations, and a climate that stays mild all year. Those who enjoy dining out after a day of playing in the ocean will be pleased to discover many fine eateries right along the water. Best of all, visitors get to spend their time enjoying our community, not traveling across the globe to get here. Dana Point is less than an hour’s drive from just about everywhere in Orange County.
Located Where I-5 and the PCH Meet
What better place for a vehicle accident law firm than where two of California’s best-known roadways come together? Interstate 5 runs the entire length of the state, nearly 800 miles north to south. Route 1 (called the Pacific Coast Highway or “PCH” along this stretch), runs about 650 miles in the same direction. For most of this distance, I-5 runs through the interior of the state and the PCH runs along the coast. They meet only once – about 800 yards from the beach in our home city of Dana Point.