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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  • Love the history here and enjoyed walking through nature. Saw some whales from the shore. Great place for photographers.  more »
  • My favorite beach in So Cal! $15 to pay for parking at the entrance gate. Great beach to take a long walk! Peaceful, no dogs allowed. Plan on spending the entire day, it is heaven.  more »
  • Thousands of people drive by here daily and have never taken the time to stop by! It takes a bit of work, but well worth figuring out the parking and paths. But please don’t share with too many people...  more »
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  • Home away from home. My mom began taking me here before i could walk. My grandmother used to submit her paintings of this place to the belmont shore art festivals. I live in Ohio now, but while visiting for my mother's memorial service i took my girlfriend here and we tossed some flowers from the tide pools into the water. One day I will bring my children to this beach and they can look into the tide pools and play with the sand crabs like I did.
  • I absolutely loved it here. Beautiful nature and perfect for exploring. the beach was beautiful, the hiking trails were a great experience with amazing views. I would totally come back.
  • Literally a beach you see in the movies. Scratch that, it looks even better than the beaches you see in the movies. I have no other words to describe this place. it is an absolute beauty.
  • The hike was a little easy; however, the beach was amazing! Crystal Cove will remind you of the Central Coast and Big Sur. Breathtaking and serene during the week.
  • 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

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