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Crystal Cove State Park

Google Map Coordinates: Latitude: 33.566570 / Longitude: -117.830330

The Park has three campgrounds (tent only) with 34 campsites (4 per site) including Dear Canyon, Lower Moro and Upper Moro. These are about a 3 miles east of the beach up in the canyon. After you park your car in El Moro lot, you must hike inland about three miles, mostly uphill. The trail is strenuous at times and is in the opposite direction from the beach. You must pack everything in, including water.

The Park features three miles of Pacific coastline, plus wooded canyons, open bluffs, and offshore waters designated as an underwater park. Crystal Cove is not just used by people who enjoy water related activities, such as swimming, surfing, sunbathing, scuba and skin diving, but also people who like to fish, mountain bike and hike.

The great expanse upland, north and east of the Pacific Coast Highway is for hikers, who can follow hillside and canyon trails to 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.

Every Individual and Dorm-style Cottage has been renovated to match its 1935 to 1955 condition and has been carefully restored with modern electricity, plumbing, and safety features, while at the same time preserving every original detail possible. The historic cottages are fully furnished with vintage furniture. Housekeeping service is limited. For Individual Cottages, beds will be made with towels and soap placed in bathrooms. No daily service will be provided except for trash removal. After 4 days, towels will be replaced upon request. For Dorm-style Rooms, linens and towels will be furnished on bed tops upon arrival. It will be the guests' responsibility to make their own beds. Towels are not replaced during your stay.

We recommend that you visit prior to making a reservation for detailed information on the types of accommodations the historic cottages offer as well as rental policies and procedures.

Location – Directions

The park is located off Pacific Coast Highway between Corona del Mar and Laguna Beach. Crystal Cove Beach Cottages in the Crystal Cove State Park Historic District is located on the ocean-side of Pacific Coast Highway in Newport Beach, CA.

When driving southbound on Pacific Coast Highway from Newport Beach and points north, the entrance to the Historic District of Crystal Cove State Park is located at the Crystal Cove/Los Trancos major intersection, the first traffic light south of Newport Coast Drive. Turn right toward the ocean at Crystal Cove to enter the park.

If driving northbound on Pacific Coast Highway from Laguna Beach and points south, Crystal Cove/Los Trancos is the first traffic light after Crystal Heights Drive. Turn left toward the ocean at Crystal Cove to enter the park.

Park Address
Crystal Cove SP
8471 North Coast Highway
Laguna Beach CA 92651

Points of Interest

Crystal Cove State Park offers 3.5 miles of coastline in its natural state. Parking is plentiful with 3 parking lots on the Pacific Coast Hwy between Corona Del Mar and Laguna Beach. The offshore waters are designated as an underwater park with excellent conditions for scuba and skin divers. The beach is popular with swimmers and surfers. Visitors can explore tide pools and sandy coves or stroll the length of the beach.

Recreational Opportunities
Hike: 2,391 acres of undeveloped woodland is waiting for hikers of all ages. Parking is at Moro Canyon parking lot behind El Morro School with maps available at the ranger station.

  • Bike: Crystal Cove has become a center for Orange County cyclists. Miles of dirt road and single track routes are available.
  • Horse: Bring your own horse. No stables at the park. Equestrian trails available.
  • Diving: The park's offshore waters are designated as an underwater park and is a popular diving area.
  • Surfing: When the surf's up, enjoy clean-water reef breaks.
  • Tide pooling: Reef Point, Pelican Point.
  • Kayaking: Enjoy a leisurely paddle off shore. Views toward the inland hills are breath-taking.
  • Fishing: Bring your own bait and try your luck at catching a variety of sportfish.

Laguna Beach
Laguna Beach is Southern California's premier seaside destination with local artists, oceanfront accommodations, gourmet dining, live theater, a renowned museum, and world-famous festivals. Laguna Playhouse, the oldest continually running playhouse on the West Coast, provides regular entertainment in an intimate theater atmosphere and is a must-see for theater aficionados. Laguna Art Museum showcases unique exhibitions as well as the largest permanent collection of artworks by California artists. The Pacific Marine Mammal Center, a rescue center in Laguna Canyon, offers up-close and personal viewing of marine mammals by our guests. After rehabilitation by volunteers, healthy animals are released back into their natural habitat. These are just a few of the exciting places waiting for you in Laguna Beach!

Corona Del Mar
Corona del Mar (Spanish for the Crown of the Sea) is a community as beautiful as its name. Nestled on the foot of the San Joaquin Hills and fronting the Pacific Ocean, Corona del Mar ranges along a bluff at the south end of Newport Beach and includes some of Orange County's most prestigious residential areas. The village offers a unique selection of shopping, restaurants, services and retail fashions, our seaside village is conveniently located just 50 miles south of Los Angeles International Airport, 4 miles west of John Wayne Airport and 70 miles north of San Diego.

Newport Beach
Located on the coast in the center of Orange County, the city of Newport Beach has exceptional shopping facilities and a vibrant business community. It is home to Newport Bay which houses more than 9,000 boats of all types within the 21-square-mile harbor area. Between the bay area and the city's eight miles of beach, Newport Beach offers outstanding fishing, swimming, surfing, and a multitude of aquatic sports activities.

Other attractions in the city include the Orange County Museum of Art, Balboa Peninsula (featuring body-boarding hot-spot The Wedge) and Corona del Mar State Beach.