Crystal Cove SP

State Park

Cove Sign

Crystal Cove State Park’s rolling surf, wide sandy beaches, tidepools, gently sloping hills, and deeply wooded canyons and ridges provide a delightful contrast to its urban surroundings.  Located off busy Pacific Coast Highway between Corona del Mar and Laguna Beach, Crystal Cove is one of Orange County’s largest remaining examples of open space and natural seashore.                                                                                                                          

The park’s Mediterranean climate is characterized by moist, foggy summer mornings, with the fog burning off by midmorning to bring warm, sunny days and cool evenings.  Crystal Cove State Park has 3.2 miles of beach and 2,400 acres of backcountry wilderness, which is popular for outdoor enthusiasts. The offshore waters are designated as an underwater park. Crystal Cove is used by mountain bikers inland and scuba and skin divers underwater. The beach is popular with swimmers and surfers. Visitors can explore tidepools and sandy coves. Crystal Cove offers sand and surf, rocky reefs, ridges and canyons - plus recreational opportunities - that appeal to everybody. State Park staff and docents conduct interpretive programs year-round including guided hikes, tidepool walks, and geology talks.

Hiker on trail

The great expanse upland, north and east of the Pacific Coast Highway is enjoyed by hikers, mountain bikers, and equestrians who can follow hillside and canyon trails to primitive campsites that allow visitors to feel they are "away from it all," despite being near one of the greatest population centers in the United States.

Education Commons

The Crystal Cove Historic District is a 12.3-acre coastal portion of the 2,791-acre Crystal Cove State Park. The federally listed Historic District is an enclave of 46 vintage rustic coastal cottages originally built as a seaside colony in the 1930’s & ‘40’s and nestled around the mouth of Los Trancos Creek. It is one of the last remaining examples of early 20th century Southern California coastal development.

California State Parks and the Crystal Cove Alliance have completed Phases I and II of restoration in the Historic District, which provide cottages for visitor services, educational and community programs, a restaurant, and 21 cottages for overnight use by the public. For more information on how you can get involved with protecting this treasured "Oasis in Time" please contact

Cottages available for overnight rental include studios, one- and two-bedroom houses, and hostel-style dormitories. Prices for overnight rentals have been kept as low as possible to provide this fabulous beach experience to as many Californians as possible.  For more information about overnight cottage rentals see  The cottages opened for overnight lodging in June 2006. Reservations for stays up to seven months in advance are obtained through 

Also available in the Historic District is the Beachcomber Café, a restored beachfront cottage, offering a relaxed dining atmosphere with spectacular ocean views and a quality menu for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  For more information see

Location – Directions

The park is located off Pacific Coast Highway between Corona del Mar and Laguna Beach.
Latitude/Longitude: 33.5701 / -117.8756

·Park Information

  • Hours of Operation:

    Day Use - 06:00 AM to Sunset
    Historic District - 06:00 AM to 10:00 PM

  • Park Office Telephone:

    (949) 494-3539

  • Region

    Orange County



  • Purchase Annual Passes

Reservation Information

Moro Campground
All sites are on SALE!
Hookups - $55, normally $75
Standard sites - $35, normally $50
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Tent in site 31

Cottage Reservations

Cottage #00

Primitive Backcountry Camping 

Check out the Crystal Cove State Park Junior Lifeguard program - Early regisration will start in Spring of 2014, don't miss out on the discount by registering late!  For more information visit:


Crystal Cove SP
8471 North Coast Highway
Laguna Beach CA 92651