Crystal Cove, Laguna Beach

4.6
#1 of 17 in Outdoors in Laguna Beach
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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  • We happened to be looking for a short hike along the beach and somebody suggested this place. I expected to see the house from the movie Beaches, but did not expect to see a group of small cottages th...  more »
  • best beach but no dogs allowed which is sad the views and surf are amazing how fun it would be to go for a run with your dog  more »

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