Crystal Cove State Park

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Crystal Cove State Park
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Grace_Q_USA
Brooklyn, NY16 contributions
Feb 2020
We hiked the Bommer Ridge trail and drove a few minutes to get lunch at Beachcomber. We were dropped off while my husband parked the car. There was a 2.5-hour wait at the restaurant and wished that they would inform the gentleman directing traffic ar the drop off of the long wait. No one in their right mind would wait that long for a meal. There is not much to do there to entertain you to make the wait less painful. Once my husband returned from the parking lot, we decided to get out of there as fast we could as we were famished at this point and took the shuttle to the parking lot — $1.50 per person for the shuttle and $5.00 for parking — all in half hour,

This reminded me why last visit to this area was almost 9 years ago. Over rated.
Written February 3, 2020
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1GCFAN
Grove City, OH85 contributions
Jan 2020 • Solo
First the bad news. Arrived at about 3:00 pm. Parking for one hour was $5 or $10 until sunset. I opted for the $10 pass.

There are four lots strung out over the 3.5 mile length of the park. A path runs its course along the top but there are a few places where one can go down to go down to the beach. I didn’t find beach access from lot 2 but there is two access parts from the path that can be accessed from parking lot 1.

Depending on the tide, beach walking may require shedding the shoes.

There are several overlook point where one can take beautiful pictures.

I wasn’t able to do the entire length of the walking path due to time constraints.


Written January 16, 2020
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AlanB_in_the_OC
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA23 contributions
Jul 2019
We've taken my in-laws RV a couple of times and camped here for a week. The challenge is securing a camping space as this is done through reservecalifornia.com. You have to do this 6 months in advance and right at 8 AM when sites become available. It cost about $75 per night. Where else can you stay a stones throw from the the beach sand for this amount of money. In addition to the beach there are great hiking trails that go back into the hillside.
Written February 4, 2020
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So_Cal_Illini_81
Pasadena, CA288 contributions
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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Perkadventures
Banning, CA15,292 contributions
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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appledude1221
Cleveland, OH181 contributions
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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Chris H
Yorba Linda, CA1,520 contributions
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, OH599 contributions
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
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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Matt S
Brighton, MI2,040 contributions
Feb 2020
The main entrance to the State Park was a not-bad walk away from my resort, and I'm glad I took the trek to enjoy the park, the scenery, and the beach. The park entrance and area is nice to itself, with a lot of open area, and fantastic elevated views of the pacific, and the beach. There are a couple of access points to the beach from the Park, requiring a steep decent and ascent...but, the time spent is well worth it, as there is a wide, comfortable beach for walking along and exploring. This was off-season on a late weekday afternoon, so the lots and beaches were understandably empty, relatively speaking. This was a fantastic afternoon spent in a fantastic property and area.
Written June 9, 2020
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