Crystal Cove, Laguna Beach

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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. To find out how to plan a trip to Laguna Beach, use our trip itinerary maker.
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  • Site very nice for breakfast and get an idea of how are the beaches in Laguna Beach, here see the protection of the Park
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  • Our first visit, during the late October heat wave, saw us park up behind the beach. We walked down the long winding path to the sand below, admiring the surf as we went. The whole beach was clean, ti...  more »
  • Crystal Cove/El Moro campground is fantastic! The views are awesome. The campground is clean and the hiking is perfect. Each campsite is very big with space in front of your rig (or whatever) for chai...  more »
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  • I loved this place and I'm looking forward to coming back. I went in April when the hills were still green. You have the best of both worlds for nature lovers, you can go hiking/exploring and then go relax at the beach. They also have some picnic tables and clean restrooms. I recommend getting there early as the parking lots get full. The hike offers beautiful views of the ocean and the hills but there's no shade so do it early and take plenty of water. The beach is accessible thru a tunnel
  • Crystal Cove park includes beach part, about 6 miles of pristine coastal wilderness, and dozens of miles of in-land hiking trails. Local animal life includes coyotes, bob cats, rattlesnakes, quails, hawks. There are two campgrounds in-land, and one next to the ocean. It is quite steep to hike to the up-land. If you take the most popular 11 mile loop, you will see it all. Visitor center has a few original bungalows preserved as a part of museum.
  • Crystal Cove is Beautiful State Beach and Park "worth paying the $15 parking fee". Lots of fun things to do and see. Definitely love the Moro Creek/Canyon difficult Trail hike that starts from the day use parking lot by the campground. A few hours before sunset is a pretty good workout. The view of the Pacific Ocean on one side of the mountain top is stunning. There are also trails along the beach for a nice easy stroll.
  • The most beautiful beach I've ever seen, but Google Maps took me through a toll road to get there and it was $15 for the day even when we got there at 3:00 pm. Beach closes at sunset and we were told they start ticketing 40 min after sunset. To me, watching the sun melt into the water is my favorite part. It was quite a hike down to the water and we didn't want a ticket so we left before the sun set. :(
  • The rangers were so kind. They were nice enough to give me directions, pointers on the maps, and the park was extraordinarily clean. I watched as they gave every guest special attention. For my first time at Crystal Cove, it was a good memory to recall that the rangers in California do such a great job with us travelers.

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