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Crystal Cove State Park

Park Information

Contact Information

(949) 494-3539

Park Hours

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

Driving Directions to Crystal Cove

The park is located off Pacific Coast Highway between Corona del Mar and Laguna Beach.

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Camping and Lodging

Online reservations are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Reservations can be made 7 months in advance on the first day of the month beginning at 8:00 a.m. PST via the website, by mail, or by calling the toll free telephone number at 1-800-444-7275. Due to seasonal volume, access to the ReserveAmerica website and the telephone line may at times be limited.

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Brochures and Campground Maps



Cove Sign

Crystal Cove State Park staff are happy to announce the modernizing of use fee collection systems at the Los Trancos Parking Lot!  Los Trancos is the hub of parking support for the Historic District, which includes overnight lodging, restaurants, beach access, and a unique glimpse into life in a coastal enclave in the 1940’s and 50’s.  To support the diverse access requirements of our visitors and our business partners, we needed to jump into the 21st century and utilize technology.  Visitors will be stopped by an automated gate, and will take a time stamped ticket to proceed into the lot.  Once in the lot, feel free to park anywhere you like.  As you finish your visit and prepare to exit the lot, please stop by our pay-on-foot station located next to the shuttle stop.  Follow the instructions on the screen and insert the ticket you took to enter, followed by your form of payment (this may include a parking validation, credit card, or cash).  Upon completion, you will be issued an exit ticket which you can take (once back in your vehicle) to the exit lane of the parking lot.  Feed your exit ticket into the exit lane machine, and provided all fees are paid, the gate in the lane will open and allow you to exit.  Fees are $5 per hour, up to the daily max of $15 ($20 on selected holidays).

 

The kiosk on the ocean side of PCH at the entry to the Crystal Cove State Park Historic District will also be opening to collect use fees.  There will be a nominal charge for passenger vehicles of no more than $3 to drop off equipment or passengers in the Historic District.  Shuttles and tour busses will also be charged a drop-off fee, though at a higher rate.  Fees are payable upon each vehicle entry for either pickup or drop-off.  The ADA, or accessible, parking spaces within the Historic District will now be subject to the same use fees as all other parking at Crystal Cove.  Fees will be a flat $15 ($20 on selected holidays), and it will not be possible to validate parking on these spaces. 

 

Thank you for your patience as we finish installing and testing the system!  We plan to “go live” in early September, so please come check the changes after Labor Day. 

 

Sincerely,

 

Crystal Cove State Park Staff


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 http://www.crystalcovealliance.org/

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 http://www.crystalcovebeachcottages.org/.  The cottages opened for overnight lodging in June 2006. Reservations for stays up to seven months in advance are obtained through http://www.reserveamerica.com/ 

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 http://www.thebeachcombercafe.com/



Location – Directions

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