Crystal Cove State Park

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Crystal Cove State Park

California

(949) 494-3539

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Overview

Crystal Cove State Park's rolling surf, wide sandy beaches, tide pools, gently sloping hills, and deeply wooded canyons and ridges provide a delightful contrast to its urban surroundings. Located off busy Pacific Coast Highway between Corona del Mar and Laguna Beach, Crystal Cove is one of Orange County's largest remaining examples of open space and natural seashore. The park's Mediterranean climate is characterized by moist, foggy summer mornings, with the fog burning off by midmorning to bring warm, sunny days and cool evenings.

Map of Crystal Cove (CA)

Latitude, Longitude: 33.571781, -117.839893

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Activities

  • Bicycling

    There is access to 2,400 undeveloped acres from the Moro Canyon parking lot. The trails are open to biking, as well as hiking and equestrian use. Maps are available at the ranger station.

  • Camping

    Cottages available for overnight rental include studios, one- and two-bedroom houses, and hostel-style dormitories. Prices for overnight rentals have been kept as low as possible to provide this fabulous beach experience to as many Californians as possible.

    There are also more primitive camping options, too. A remote campground is located in the upland area. After you park your car in El Moro lot, you must hike inland about three miles, mostly uphill. The trail is strenuous at times and is in the opposite direction from the beach. Some people report that it takes two hours to reach the campgrounds, one way, while others report six hours. You must pack everything in, including water.

  • Fishing

    The offshore waters are fertile fishing grounds. Be sure to check with park officials for regulations.

  • Hiking

    There is access to 2,400 undeveloped acres from the Moro Canyon parking lot. The trails are open to hiking, biking and equestrian use. Maps are available at the ranger station.

  • Historic Sites

    The Crystal Cove Historic District is a 12.3-acre coastal portion of the 2,791-acre Crystal Cove State Park. The federally listed Historic District is an enclave of 46 vintage rustic coastal cottages originally built in the 1920's and 1930's nestled around the mouth of Los Trancos Creek. It is one of the last remaining examples of early 20th century Southern California coastal development.

  • Horseback Riding

    There is access to 2,400 undeveloped acres from the Moro Canyon parking lot. The trails are open to equestrian use, as well as hikers and bicyclists. Maps are available at the ranger station.

  • Picnicking

    While there are more commercial options such as the Beachcomber Cafe, more primitive options are available, too. A picnic table and a pit toilet are available. The nearest telephone is in the El Moro Parking lot and all sites are accessible only by foot. All vehicles must be left at the park office. No pets are allowed and all sites are a three mile hike from parking lot. No drinking water available, one must pack it in, as well as no trash cans. Fires are restricted to backpack stoves and the park is reservable year-round.

  • Water Sports

    Swimming, surfing, wakeboarding, and even sea kaying opportunities abound. The offshore waters are also very popular among scuba and skin divers. Nevertheless, safety measures need to be taken into account and under consideration.

Seasonality/Weather

Crystal Cove State Park is situated along a swath of the southern California coast, home to a warm Mediterranean climate with cooling ocean breezes; expect warm, (80's-90's F) dry, and breezy summer conditions with slightly cooler (50's-60's F), wetter winter conditions. Layering is encouraged.

Park Partners

Crystal Cove Alliance

The Crystal Cove Alliance (CCA) is dedicated to the protection and preservation of the Crystal Cove State Park Historic District, its beach, and marine life. CCA places special emphasis on environmental and cultural education, volunteerism, and stewardship.

(949) 376-6200

Directions

Driving

The park is located off Pacific Coast Highway between Corona del Mar and Laguna Beach. Latitude/Longitude: 33.5701 / -117.8756

Flying

The closest major airport to Crystal Cove State Park is Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), approximately 45 miles away; from there, myriad car rental options can be pursued, from Alamo to Thrifty and beyond. For further information, call 310-646-5252.

Public Transportation

Laguna Beach Transit offer three fixed bus routes running six days a week year-round with free summer shuttle line. For more information, call 949-497-0766.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(949) 494-3539

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