Crystal Cove State Park has 3.2 miles of beach and 2,400 acres of undeveloped woodland, which is popular for hiking and horseback riding. 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 tide pools and sandy coves. The State Park has three (tent only) campgrounds which are not located on the beach, and the rental cottages located right on the beach.
The Park’s main attraction is its unique “historic district” featuring individual and dorm-style Cottages that have been renovated to match its 1935 to 1955 condition. Every cottage 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. There are approximately 13 cottages that have been restored and available for rent.