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Crystal Cove State Park
Vacation Travel Guide

This stunning stretch of Southern Californian coastline is paradise for nature lovers and outdoor adventurers. 

Crystal Cove is a stunning oceanfront wildlife reserve, perfect for picnicking, hiking, sunbathing and more.

The park is divided into two sections. The beach side has three miles (five kilometers) of pristine beach and a protected water park popular with scuba divers, snorkelers, surfers and swimmers. Behind the beach is 2,400 acres (971 hectares) of undeveloped woodland. Here you will find hiking trails, campsites and mountain vistas. Pay for an all-day parking pass and leave your vehicle in one of the three public parking lots while you take your time exploring.

To choose a walking trail, pick up a map from a ranger at the park’s visitor center. Easy walks pass numerous oceanfront lookouts. Hike the perimeter of the park on the advanced 11-mile (17-kilometer) trail. Mountain bikers and horseback enthusiasts can choose from the series of dirt paths that wind through the area. There are also basic campsites nestled deep in the woodland, dubbed the park’s “Back Country.” Getting to these sites is recommended only for the energetic, as they require several hours of strenuous hiking to reach. You must also take all supplies, including water. Alternatively, there are easily accessible waterfront camps and van sites that have communal restrooms and showers to use for a small fee.

The best-known pocket of Crystal Cove is the Historic District. This seaside village has rustic beach cottages, a restaurant, snack bar and souvenir shop. The more than 40 cottages were built in the 1920s and ’30s, and one appears in the 1988 film Beaches, starring Bette Midler. About half the cottages are restored as holiday rentals, which are booked solidly year-round. For reservations, book at least seven months in advance. On a day trip you can take a guided tour of the village on the second Saturday of the month. Book at the visitor center.

Crystal Cove is a short drive south of tourist hot spots Huntington Beach and Newport Beach.

Top Hotels Close to Crystal Cove State Park

The Resort at Pelican Hill
The Resort at Pelican Hill
5 out of 5
22701 Pelican Hill Road S, Newport Coast, Newport Beach, CA
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $450 per night from Feb 1 to Feb 2

This family-friendly Newport Beach resort is located near the airport, within 1 mi (2 km) of Crystal Cove and Crystal Cove State Park. Corona del Mar State Beach ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (992 reviews)

"The Resort is beautiful and prestigious. The view was amazing."…"

Reviewed on Nov 21, 2020

The Resort at Pelican Hill
Pacific Edge Hotel on Laguna Beach
Pacific Edge Hotel on Laguna Beach
3 out of 5
647 South Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA
The price is $99 per night from Jan 27 to Jan 28

Located in Laguna Beach, this beachfront hotel is in the city center and within 3 mi (5 km) of Gallery Row, Victoria Beach, and Crystal Cove State Park. Main ...

3.7/5Good! (1,073 reviews)

"Had amazing customer service from Taylor at the front desk. Was able to get an early check in for a small fee, but for that beautiful oceanfront room... this hotel is a hidden gem for a great price!! I will definitely be back!!"…"

Reviewed on Jan 7, 2021

Pacific Edge Hotel on Laguna Beach
Inn at Laguna Beach
Inn at Laguna Beach
3.5 out of 5
211 N Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA
The price is $100 per night from Jan 28 to Jan 29

Located in Laguna Beach, this beachfront hotel is in the city center and within 3 mi (5 km) of Main Beach Park, Crystal Cove State Park, and Victoria Beach. ...

4.3/5Excellent! (991 reviews)

"I think the check-in staff could be a little bit more friendlier. They seemed robotic and just doing tasks. I also think that considering that there were not a lot of guests during the time that we checked in, the staff could’ve given us a better room. Knowing I paid extra to have the ocean view. ..."…"

Reviewed on Jan 24, 2021

Inn at Laguna Beach
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The Resort at Pelican Hill
The Resort at Pelican Hill
5 out of 5
22701 Pelican Hill Road S, Newport Coast, Newport Beach, CA
The price is $450 per night from Feb 1 to Feb 2
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Pacific Edge Hotel on Laguna Beach
Pacific Edge Hotel on Laguna Beach
3 out of 5
647 South Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA
The price is $99 per night from Jan 27 to Jan 28
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Inn at Laguna Beach
Inn at Laguna Beach
3.5 out of 5
211 N Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA
The price is $100 per night from Jan 28 to Jan 29
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Marriott's Newport Coast Villas
4 out of 5
23000 Newport Coast Drive, Newport Coast, Newport Beach, CA
The price is $203 per night from Feb 9 to Feb 10
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Laguna Beach House
3 out of 5
475 N Pacific Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, CA
The price is $99 per night from Jan 27 to Jan 28
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Marriott Newport Beach - 2BD Villa
Newport Beach, CA
The price is $228 per night from Jan 27 to Jan 28
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Art Hotel Laguna Beach, Trademark Collection by Wyndham
2 out of 5
1404 N Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA
The price is $84 per night from Jan 28 to Jan 29
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