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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

We visited Crystal Cove State Park along with two other families with kids. Everyone enjoyed exploring the beach and the rocks, and the kids boogie boarded all day long. It's a beautiful area with a secluded feel to it. It's a bit of a walk from the parking lot, but they do offer a shuttle. We opted for the walk,... More

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

Coming from Irvine my kids begged to go to Crystal Cove State Park Beach. It was a very nice experience we saw tide pools and sea anemones on it. My kids loved it. There is a 15.00 parking fee but we can go to three state parks for that fee. Definitely returning back. At this time the waters are warm.... More

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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

Perfect for a walk if you are staying at the Marriott Newport Coast Villas. No parking fee if you walk in. Well-care-for trail leads to the cliff overlook. A very steep hike goes down/up to from beach. Great hang-out...and huge long beach to stroll for as far as you can see.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

I was in Irvine for buisness and have several hours to kill in the morning before my 1pm flight. I decided to head out to Crystal Cove and it was beautiful! It was expensive ($15) for only about 2 hours there, but it was nice to walk the trails and beach. I went to Newport beach before this and I... More

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Laguna Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

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

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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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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