Crystal Cove State Park
Crystal Cove State Park
4.5
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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4.5
4.5 of 5 bubbles1,258 reviews
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So_Cal_Illini_81
Pasadena, CA294 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
We only visited small part of the park near the Beachcomber restaurant (which is great). After we ate we walked along the beach to look at the cabins and stopped in the two cabins with exhibits. One of those had a very friendly docent who told the story of the area. The beach is nice here, there are some rocks but it was high tide so we couldn’t tell if there might be tide pools at low tide.
Written January 10, 2020
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Chris H
Yorba Linda, CA1,875 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
We love going to Crystal Cove. Yesterday we drove there to have a picnic and a hike. Our time on the beach was so enjoyable that we never did hike. The tides were especially low so we were able to enjoy the tide pools. An enjoyable walk 1-1/2 miles south was pleasant. We especially loved the Shake Shack up the hill or Beachcomber's restaurant where we stopped for a early evening drink.

Some information you should know before you go. There is parking but it is not free. We paid $15 but there are bathrooms in every parking lot. Also, from the lot, it is a very steep walk down to the beach. This makes taking to many items down rather challenging and a bit slippery on the sand. If you don't mind that, you are rewarded with a scarcely populated stretch of sand (at least in March!)
Written March 9, 2020
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Traveljava57
Twinsburg, OH589 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Friends
Just below our resort (Pelican Hill) we took an evening (sunset) run on the beach and then had a beer at the Bootlegger. Just an amazing view of the ocean and sunset! If you are able to enjoy this please make the effort ...the price is right ...free!
Written January 23, 2020
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Martin L
5 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
I only went in the portion of the park that is beside the ocean. You can walk on top of the hills with beautiful views of the ocean or you can also go down on the beach if you want to walk in the sand. There are several parkings along the highway for this park and it costs $15 per car. Bring some water because there are not many water points in the park.
Written March 10, 2020
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Perkadventures
Banning, CA15,357 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020
Used hotel shuttle to go there, they dropped us off near entrance, otherwised handicapped parking is inside but you still have to pay to park or go across the highway and park pay and walk under the highway.

All areas closed because of the covid, but still allowed to walk. some places can be rented. Do not know the process. Bathrooms open for use. Construction going on down the beach on some of the older homes . Nice walking not many peoplse . A good day to visit.
Written December 15, 2020
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Brenda D
Clearwater, FL24 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Business
This ares is overrated. Expensive and poor service. So you must park across the highway..which you pay to park. Then there is a shuttle to take you across the street. $2 each way. Then the restaurant on beach will not allow you to irder drinks and appetizers from tables that view water..oh no thise are for people buying entrees. Then you cant buy a drink and take to beach. The beach is rocky.not the best. Overall. Not worth it. There are many beaches with beautiful views...try those instead.
Written September 22, 2022
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e26
New York City, NY600 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Solo
What a beautiful park to visit! Came down for the day from LA and was pleasantly surprised at this gem. Started first at the El Moro Canyon trail. This trail is an easy wide trail with not too much incline until you get to the “poles” trail. From here it’s a glute burning steep hike up but doable if you’re fit. Think it’s bit more difficult coming down that trail since it’s steep. On the other side of it is a mile hike down back to the parking lot so in all about a 3 mile loop. I’m glad I did it counterclockwise instead of clockwise. Counterclockwise saw great views of the ocean and with all the rain the hills are lush and green! A bit muddy on some areas of the trail but not too bad.

Afterwards I drove down to the Pelican entrance (the first entrance) and parked at parking lot 2. From here you can take the trail to boardwalk and off to the left near the end of boardwalk there is a sandy trail down to beach. A little bit steep in some areas but doable (might be difficult for someone w bad knees though). Then I crossed over from the east end of the beach to the west where the historic district is which are a bunch of beach buildings include the restaurant Beachcomber. Up the stairs to the right you can visit the cutest Shake Shack w a fish and chips/seafood menu!

Parking for the day was $15. You can pay from any lot and it works for the day at all the lots. Had no problem finding parking today. After I ate at shack shack I took the cliff trail above the beach back to the parking lot. Gorgeous trail and wide and easy.

Definitely recommend a visit! I was here for about four hours total and would def come back.
Written March 5, 2023
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Curious18517751150
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
The restaurant was so crowded you could not get a wheelchair seated person through to their table, I don't think the ramp going from the sand up into the restaurant was to code for wheelchair accessibility and those with disabilities, there is no bathroom in the restaurant, you have to leave the restaurant walk or get your wheelchair up a Sandy Hill to get into the state park restrooms which were filthy have no soap and no paper towels and we're not accessible.
Forget about the food the place was uncomfortable busy noisy and did not meet everyone's needs in my party. I will never go back there again!
Written September 12, 2023
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appledude1221
Cleveland, OH275 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021 • Family
Today, we decided to walk on the beach here In Newport Beach. The place is fun to walk in. However we found a con as parking here just to walk by paying is very unacceptable. People who want to walk on the beach can do so for free. Beware if you want to park the car here just to walk to the beach
Written December 27, 2021
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Breton S
Salt Lake City, UT107 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
This beach was recommended by 2 long time residents of the SoCal area. It's a nice beach that wasn't too crowded. The Rangers who work there were great and there are cottages to rent, once they are complete with the restoration to many of them. Lots of kids playing in the tidal pools and the shallows on the beach. Not a place to swim offshore. Not too crowded. Even a Park Ranger from another part of the State Park recommended going to the Los Troncos area since we were first time visitors to the area.
Written July 20, 2022
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