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Crystal Cove State Park
Kaysville, Utah
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356 reviews
87 hotel reviews
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“No crowds. Great beach.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 April 2013 via mobile

If you are willing to pay $15 to avoid the crowds of Laguna, this is the place. It is a beautiful sandy beach with neat rock formations and tide pools where the little ones can search for sea critters. We had a great day and there was hardly anyone there.

  • Stayed April 2013
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Managua, Nicaragua
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2012

I can totally see where what the state has done to the cottages area (fix up some of the buildings, do a god-awful "private-public partnership" up the prices, etc. Just go down south two more stoplights to the street called "Reef Point" and go down to either of two beaches, Scotchman's Cove or Muddy Creek. Both of these have their different positives and negatives, but honestly this stretch of coastline is about as nice as it gets in Southern California in the present day. Across the street is now a fancy shopping area, so if you want to go to Trader Joe's and get some picnic supplies before, that's an option for you. My favorite beach by far in SoCal.

Stayed September 2011, travelled with family
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Sacramento, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2012

Crystal Cove has some very unique lodging right on the beach. This is a colony of old fashioned beach cottages that are being restored for public use. All the charm is preserved!

We were luck enough to stay in the cottages and had an amazing time. The staff was friendly, the cottages comfortable. Best of all was to wake up and have an entire beach and ocean right outside our window.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Barrington, IL
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29 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 May 2012

We would go back again. Agree that the $15 price is a little steep for what you get, but it is for the entire vehicle of people and I would pay it again. This is a rustic park with modern bathrooms. We spent our entire time at parking lot # 2. First you walk / jog through a coastline "desert" type environment, with cactus / cacti, all kinds of desert plants, and we saw many hummingbirds and other birds. Once you get near the cliff and Pacific ocean the climate starts to change again, and you have pelicans flying past you at eye level along with other birds. You can walk down a dirt trail and eventually down dirt/wood stairsteps (not for the disabled or weak) with a metal rope handhold. At some points on the dirt trail, erosion made it a little dangerous. Once all the way down, the beach is a treat. We were there during low tide and their is a half mile of rocky outcrop tidal pools, with anemones (mostly white) and crabs and hermit crabs, and sea sponges. We did not see any trapped fish. It was slippery and fun (with only one fall and knee scrape amongst our crew). The beach is nice, but you can find better ones if you want to go in the water. There was some flotsam as mentioned by another reviewer. There is a lifeguard down at the beach on one side, and we saw lots of sunbathers.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with family
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Claymont, Delaware
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 April 2012

We enjoyed our walk through this park on the bluff then along the water. It was interesting to see such a natural area in such a built up part of the shoreline. The waves were huge that day due to off shore storms, so there was a lot of flotsam on the beach but that did not bother us at all. The cottages that seem to be condemned should be torn down. They are ratty and terrible looking. The ones on the bluff that they rent look interesting and somewhat quaint. The "historic" area was interesting with a restaurant and picnic areas. We felt ok about spending the $15 fee as we feel parks need to be supported and state funds are probably tight. A user fee is appropriate. We would go here again for a walk along the beach and to enjoy the birds and natural area.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with family
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Uk
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 May 2010

Dirty beach and shore line, $15 was a total ripoff - luckily we found $10 which softened the blow! stayed an hour max - will never go back. The cottages looked awful and cramped also

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled as a couple
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Property: Crystal Cove State Park
Address: Pacific Coast Highway between Corona del Mar and Laguna Beach, Laguna Beach, CA
Region: United States > California > Orange County > Laguna Beach
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Ranked #3 of 11 Speciality Lodging in Laguna Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 34
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Crystal Cove State Park Hotel Laguna Beach

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