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Crystal Cove State Park

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.


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The Resort at Pelican Hill $495
The Resort at Pelican Hill

The Resort at Pelican Hill

22701 Pelican Hill Road S, Newport Coast, Newport Beach, CA
     
    5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    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 is 2.5 mi (4 km) away.

    Inn at Laguna Beach $118
    Inn at Laguna Beach

    Inn at Laguna Beach

    211 N Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA
       
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      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. Heisler Park and Gallery Row are also within 5 minutes.

      Laguna Beach House $104
      Laguna Beach House

      Laguna Beach House

      475 N Pacific Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, CA
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated by the ocean, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Heisler Park and within 3 mi (5 km) of Crystal Cove State Park and Victoria Beach. Diver's Cove and Main Beach Park are also within 5 minutes.

        Pacific Edge Hotel on Laguna Beach $109
        Pacific Edge Hotel on Laguna Beach

        Pacific Edge Hotel on Laguna Beach

        647 South Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          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 Beach Park and Laguna Playhouse are also within 15 minutes.

          Marriott's Newport Coast Villas $254
          Marriott's Newport Coast Villas

          Marriott's Newport Coast Villas

          23000 Newport Coast Drive, Newport Coast, Newport Beach, CA
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            This family-friendly Newport Beach condo resort is located near the beach, within a 15-minute walk of Crystal Cove and Crystal Cove State Park. Corona del Mar State Beach is 2.1 mi (3.4 km) away.

            Art Hotel Laguna Beach, Trademark Collection by Wyndham $93
            Art Hotel Laguna Beach, Trademark Collection by Wyndham

            Art Hotel Laguna Beach, Trademark Collection by Wyndham

            1404 N Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA
               
              2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in the heart of Laguna Beach, this beach motel is within a 15-minute walk of Crescent Bay Point Park and Heisler Park. Main Beach Park and Crystal Cove State Park are also within 1 mi (2 km).

              Stunning 5 Bedroom Tuscan Home in Exclusive Emerald Bay - Laguna Beach
              Stunning 5 Bedroom Tuscan Home in Exclusive Emerald Bay - Laguna Beach

              Stunning 5 Bedroom Tuscan Home in Exclusive Emerald Bay - Laguna Beach

              Laguna Beach, CA
                 
                0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Emerald Bay, this vacation home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Crescent Bay Point Park and Crystal Cove State Park. Diver's Cove and Heisler Park are also within 1 mi (2 km).

                Need to Get Away! Beaches & Restaurants are Open! Ocean Views!...Emerald Bay!!!!
                Need to Get Away! Beaches & Restaurants are Open! Ocean Views!...Emerald Bay!!!!

                Need to Get Away! Beaches & Restaurants are Open! Ocean Views!...Emerald Bay!!!!

                Laguna Beach, CA
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Emerald Bay, this romantic vacation home is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Crescent Bay Point Park and 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from Crystal Cove State Park. Diver's Cove and Heisler Park are also within 2 mi (3 km).