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Crystal Cove, Laguna Beach
(4.6/5 based on 850+ reviews on the web)
Take in the unspoiled natural beauty of southern California's coastline at Crystal Cove. The 1,592 ha (3,936 ac) park offers 5.1 km (3.2 mi) of clean beaches and tide pools, as well as a 566 ha (1,400 ac) marine conservation area and bluffs and canyons throughout. Take a shuttle from the parking lot along the highway to avoid the strenuous walk down to the shore. The surf is gentle and ideal for swimming, boogey boarding, and searching for shells and sea creatures. Visit the restored cottages in the Crystal Cove Historic District to see where people first settled before southern California had its population boom. If you plan in advance, these quaint cottages can be rented out quite affordably. Add Crystal Cove and other attractions to your Laguna Beach trip itinerary using our Laguna Beach trip itinerary builder.
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  • Easy hiking trails down to the beach. Have benches where you can rest and watch the sunset. Bathrooms are also accessible at the top of the trail. Easy parking and not crowded at the time of the year ...  more »
  • We've been there before to go to the beach and, of course, that's great. But today, we went hiking. When you face the ocean, it's a great place to hike. The trails are loops, though, and so often, the...  more »
  • This park has very nice views. $10 entrance fee per vehicle I believe. Laguna beach also has spectacular views and only fee is parking at $1.50/hr. 
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  • This park is not pet friendly. They have a lot of trails that dogs are not allowed on and they were all closed anyway, due to unsafe conditions. The beach closes at sunset, which they will patrol and kick you off it. The so called tide pools can never be seen, since it is at dark when you view them when the beach is closed. The campsites sit atop a steep hillside, you have to drive down to a parking lot to walk under the road to get beach access. The water in this area is too rough to snorkel. The restrictions of this park outweigh the attraction for me.
  • Crystal Cove is a beautiful beach that isn't as crowded as other tourist beaches I've been to. Sure, there's a small crowd on entrance, but a few steps down, you can set up for a spot all to yourself. Good way to get some peace and quiet with the waves by your side. Parking can be a bit of a pain as there are limited spots. Be sure to come early (or late) to make sure you get a good spot.
  • Nice beach. Not too crowded. Sand on the beach was soft. Good sized beach. A fair bit of seaweed and debris on the beach and in the surf. Waves were good for surfing. Opportunities for snorkeling as well.
  • MAN BEAUTIFUL BEACH!!! Brought my family to San Diego for vacation crystal cove 1000step beach is beautiful one of the most beautiful I've ever seen we as a family loved it and would relax and come again... The 1000 steps suck -.- lol but great beach
  • This beach is nice once you sit down and settle in, but it's a PITA to park across Pacific Coast Highway and walk with your stuff or load it in the shuttle bus. Bring exact change to make the driver's life better. Coming and going are the hard parts. Beach is nice.