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“Historic Beach Huts & Tide Pools Oh My!”

Crystal Cove State Park
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Reviewed 13 July 2014

We visited the historic part of the state park. Loved the sea life discovered in the tidal pools. Almost even more fascinating are the campy (and rentable) cabana huts dotting the trail surrounding the beach. They are like a fun page out of time. One parks across the highway, in the Los Trancos area, loads onto the trolley, (there's even a handicapped accessable transport,) & saves on the parking fee by presenting a restaurant receipt totaling more than 15$ from the couple of offered establishments. My only advice apart from not forgetting your camera, would be to bring water shoes or an old pair of sneakers while navigating the rocky shoals nearer the waves. Have fun!

8  Thank TiffMateas
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Reviewed 12 July 2014

I'm a frequent visitor to Laguna, but had never gone to Crystal Cove until a few years ago. Terrific beach for swimming, and best of all it goes on for miles. Suggest taking a run or hike on the upper part of the park - excellent running paths the whole way with great ocean views. Not sure how to get a reservation at the cottages on the beach, but I'm definitely going to try to get one next year.

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Reviewed 7 July 2014

Just returned from a week camping in our trailer here...our 7th time. All the spots have an ocean view and the upper rows have water and power hook ups. Staff and volunteers are top notch and even dealing with the typical idiots that come out during summer holidays, they handled everything with a smile. The back country trails are terrific for hiking or mountain biking and the beach is always a throwback to the past with cleaner water, plenty of fish in the shallows and regular dolphin and sea lion sightings and never TOO crowded. The hill that has to be traversed if walking from the campsites to the beach can be a bit steep for some but you always have the option of driving and parking at the lower lot while you are at the beach. A great place that never gets old!

3  Thank John T
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Reviewed 5 July 2014

Its what you would expect in a park, picnic tables, dirt walking paths, but it does lead to the beach and is adjacent to Crystal Cove Historic district which includes a great bar & restaurant, literally on the beach! The Crystal Cove cottages are fun to walk around and there is a cute gift shop..travel up the stairs to the Shake Shack for a meal as well.

3  Thank iluvthecoast
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Reviewed 1 July 2014

Beautiful from the top of the hillside and on the beach. Very nice untouched beach. There is another shore line to put some distance in between yourself and other beach goers. Great alternative to the super packed main beach.

Thank Tuberose95
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