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Crystal Cove State Park

8471 Pacific Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
949-494-3539
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Ranked #3 of 24 Attractions in Laguna Beach
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: State Parks, Beaches
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Laguna Beach, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

This beach has a very secluded feel. It is incredible, so so beautiful. Absolutely visit if you have an opportunity. Not as many tourists as Main Beach.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

Must go to place if in the area - gorgeous views, beautiful beach, great Beachcomber restaurant, cool cottages, etc. Crystal Cove Beach is on some list as one of the best hidden beaches on the West coast, and I agree. Park across the street in the State Park parking lot, pay $1 to take the shuttle bus down to the... More

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Laguna Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

I love the beach, but I really love the hiking trails. Just finished a 4.5 mile. It was beautiful. Saw hawks and squirrels eating squash. Of course we also saw the beautiful ocean view. There is a great ma right outside the ranger station so you can select your trail and the amount of time that you have. awesome!

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cleveland ohio
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

We visited this park kind of by default - busy Saturday in August driving down to Laguna Beach and searching for parking for the beach, any beach, we parked here and walked down the incline from the upper ridge parking to the beach. Clean beach with rocky out crops in the water, some tidal pools; we walked to the "historic... More

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Laguna Niguel, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Amazing groomed trails that take you to the ridgeline where the views are breathtaking. You should be in fairly good shape and take along plenty of water!

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Jenks, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

A top 10 must see... The waves were up, so we did not get to walk on the rocks below, but what we saw makes us want to come back. The others pics confirm that for us. Great place. Arrive early and pay you parking meter fee. Well worth the stop!! Cliffs overlooking the pacific... Wow!!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

Parking is expensive but if you plan to spend the day here its worth it. It short walk down the stairway and cliff side will take you down to the beautiful beach. Less crowded then other beaches.

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Corpus Christi, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

We took a shuttle from our resort to the entrance and was pleasantly surprised by the tiny beach community that had restaurants, a museum, hotels, and public bathrooms. It is under going a 5.7 million dollar renovation to fix the old cottages. The beach was nice but be forewarned, the water is cold! I still got in with much prodding... More

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West Molesey, null, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

The Beachcomber Restaurant was great. It has a very nice outside dining area overlooking the beach. You have to take a shuttle bus to the beach from the Los Trancos car park, costs $1 each way.

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

It was fun to see the historic cottages, but even more enjoyable is the beach away from the main area. Worth the added walking to get away from the crowds.

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