Back in the ‘30s, Hollywood movie directors discovered Crystal Cove—at the time, just a bit of undeveloped beach between Newport and Laguna. It was the perfect South Seas movie set due to its seclusion and tropical aura. Now, Crystal Cove State Park is a popular vacation destination. Its 3.2 miles of beach and 2,400 acres woodland are perfect for hiking, horseback riding, and mountain biking. The offshore waters are designated as an underwater park, where scuba divers love to venture. When you go, make a reservation to stay in the newly restored Crystal Cove Beach Cottages.
The park also features the federally listed Historic District, an enclave of 46 vintage rustic coastal cottages originally built as a seaside colony in the 1930’s & 40’s and nestled around the mouth of Los Trancos Creek.
The Park is open between 6:00 a.m. and sunset, with the Historic District area remaining open until 10:00 p.m. Parking does require a fee.