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Reviewed August 6, 2019

This was a great beach trip in the middle of our 1-week So Cal stay. Weekdays the place is just not crowded at all in the center areas (looked a lot more crowded near the south entrance). We have come here almost every time we have been in the area and it never disappoints. State park system, so it's always clean. Next year, we'll try to get one of the cottages for 2-3 nights--they are reserved on the reservecalifornia.com site, 6 months out, first-come-first-served.

Date of experience: August 2019
4  Thank Jim E
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Reviewed August 4, 2019 via mobile

Great beach because of the unique view . Quick tip when you come out to the beach from the tunnel , go left around the sand dune . Quieter and prettier part of the beach on the cove . This is a CA state park so the feee is a bit steep for a beach visit 15-20 but it’s good for all day . Lear water not too high waves and decent lean sand .

Date of experience: August 2019
4  Thank RussV708
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Reviewed August 4, 2019

Off the main beach near downtown, the cove's shore embraces you. Waves are warm and gentle in July. Water is crystal clear. You can explore the rocks and ponds left by the tide, or swim and surf. The sun radiates off the half-circle of the cove to create warmth. Perfect.

Date of experience: July 2019
3  Thank Ben W
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Reviewed July 21, 2019

I visited here a few years back. I loved the cottage's and the beach is nice also. It is worth it to go see this

Date of experience: July 2019
5  Thank terryprod
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Reviewed July 16, 2019 via mobile

Parking might be a bit more compared to other beaches,but there is soo much more to see and do at the park. You have the option of taking the paid shuttle but why would you when the walk down is much better.The beachcomber restaurant was pretty busy when we arrived,but there was backup. We made our way to the Shake Shack where we had a great meal and the best shake ever. That was my second time to the shack and I simply love it. Especially the beautiful views of the ocean and of Cyrstal Cove. Once we got to the beach,it is easy to see why so many people love it. First off there are lots of facilities to accomodate. But the homes/rentals along the beach were just so cute. It was definitely a different crowd,which was quite refreshing. We truly enjoyed our time at Cyrstal Cove State Park and we will definitely be back.

Date of experience: July 2019
2  Thank Harry2J
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