Crystal Cove SP is a must-do when visiting the area. Beautiful beach, great views, lots of room so that you don't feel crowded even when there are a lot of other visitors. We saw surfers, scuba divers, and plain old beach bums like ourselves. If the $15 entrance fee is an issue, I think that, like many of the local parks, hourly parking is available Monday--Thursday. If not, $15 is a bargain for the opportunity to walk on the wonderful beach. When leaving, head south a bit and try the famous Shake Shack. Yummy!
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