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Crystal Cove Beach

Crystal Cove

welcome to Historic Crystal Cove state Beach

Below the Resort sits one of the most beautiful beaches the West Coast has to offer. Distinguished as a National Natural Landmark, Crystal Cove’s three miles of pristine beach are excellent for strolling and exploring the many tide pools, as well as a swim, surf or dive into the Pacific.



OUR Crystal Cove Beach Experience

Enjoy the Beach like a Local

We’ll set you up with everything you’ll need, all that’s left is to kick back, explore and enjoy. Our complimentary coach service will take you down to the beach and we’ll provide you with a beach bag equipped with towels and water. Complimentary chairs and umbrellas are available for Resort guests from the Beachcomber Express tent.

For a truly turnkey beach day, enjoy our Pelican Picnic of sandwiches, salads, sweet treats, and chilled drinks.



By Foot, By Land, By Water

The backcountry and wilderness areas of Crystal Cove State Park offer 18 miles of scenic trails. Enjoy bluff-top routes for jogging, biking, hiking, walking and picnicking with incredible views of the Pacific. Or, paddle your way through the pristine coastline by kayak or stand up paddle board.



Dine at the Edge of the Pacific

The Beachcomber Cafe is a vintage beach house on the sand with a large ocean-view deck—and Bootlegger Bar are both charming places to relax, enjoy the view and soak up nostalgic vibes. Or enjoy the Shake Shacka little food stand once known as the Date Shack. This 40’s style diner serves breakfast, American comfort fare, salads, and shakes.


A 1930’s Seaside Colony

The federally listed Historic District is an enclave of 46 vintage rustic coastal cottages originally built as a seaside colony frequented by Hollywood stars. It is one of the last remaining examples of early 20th century Southern California coastal development. It also features rotating history and art exhibits, as well as a quaint gift shop.


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Touring on Two Wheels

Touring on Two Wheels

When seasons turn in Orange County, not much changes. The Pacific Ocean still sparkles a deep blue. The warm sands still beckon visitors to walk barefoot.

A Guide to Tidepool Treasures

A Guide to Tidepool Treasures

Just a stone’s throw from The Resort at Pelican Hill®, Crystal Cove's tidepools are home to a treasure-trove of fascinating creatures that one doesn’t have to scuba dive or snorkel to find.

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The perfect setting for indelible moments

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