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Crystal Cove

Experience the Historical Beauty of Crystal Cove

We’ll set you up with everything you’ll need to enjoy the beach like a local, all that’s left is to kick back, explore and enjoy. And when hunger strikes, Crystal Cove has four charming options that offer great food, nostalgic vibes and panoramic views.

Crystal Cove Beach
Below the Resort sits one of the most beautiful beaches the West Coast has to offer. Distinguished as a National Natural Landmark, its 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 ocean.

The Crystal Cove Beach Experience
Complimentary coach service, including a beach bag equipped with towels and water from Pelican Hill, can be scheduled at your convenience. Chairs and umbrellas are available to rent for an additional cost from the Beachcomber Express tent at the beach.

Dining at Crystal Cove
The Beachcomber Café—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. In the summer there is also Beachcomber Express— a casual take-out place for grilled burgers, fresh salads and more. Perched up on the bluffs, Ruby’s Shake Shack has a casual menu and all outdoor seating to take in the panoramic views.

Crystal Cove Historic District
What was a fun escape from city life in the 1920s is now a charming place—and designated Historical Landmark—where cottages line the beach and feature rotating history and art exhibits, as well as a gift shop.

Crystal Cove Activities
There are ongoing events to enjoy all year long. Tide pool walks, sea glass jewelry making, surf fishing workshops and fun family hikes to name a few. Check out the calendar to get a listing of everything that is going on. crystalcovestatepark.org

Bluff-Top Trails
Crystal Cove Beach also features bluff-top trails for jogging, biking, hiking and walking with incredible views of the Pacific. Picnic tables are also available both by the bluffs and throughout the state park where most of the higher elevation jogging, hiking and biking trails begin.

Crystal Cove Bike Tours
Departing from the Resort, this fun-filled bike tour rides along the coastal bluff and offers breathtaking views of the Pelican Hill golf course and native wilderness. The tour also stops at the historical Crystal Cove cottages, Ruby’s Shake Shack and visits the tide pools along the beach.

Coach Service

Coach Service

Complimentary coach to and from the resort every hour on the hour all summer long.

Sit Back and Relax

Sit Back and Relax

We'll send you there with a beach bag with towels and waters - everything else is ready for you at Crystal Cove.

A Sight To See

A Sight To See

Pelicans flying overhead is a common occurrence, and don't be surprised if you also see dolphins and sea lions.

Tide Pool Walks

Tide Pool Walks

Explore on your own or join an arranged walk to get up close and personal with what lives in the low tide.

Nearby Beaches


Big Corona
Revel in spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean and Catalina Island. Also known as Corona del Mar Beach, this local spot is perfect for swimming, volleyball or warming up by the fire pits.

Little Corona
Set in Corona del Mar, Little Corona is a secluded inlet that allows for a relaxing and quiet day at the beach. The gentle currents make it ideal for snorkeling and swims for the whole family.


There are over 10 miles of coastline to enjoy surfing, swimming and sunbathing. You can also experience the pier, boardwalk and local shops.

The Wedge
This legendary Newport Beach locale is the place to catch the biggest waves. Watch the most experienced body surfers test their skills against waves reaching up to 10 feet high, as the current bounces off jetty walls.

Newport Pier
Swimmers and sunbathers flock here for days filled with fun under the sun. Skate, bike and board rentals are popular, and just off the jetty you’ll find a prime surfing location for locals and visitors alike.

Newport Municipal Beach
This five-mile stretch of beach on the Balboa Peninsula boasts a variety of activities, and a walk or ride along the boardwalk is a great way to check out some of the most exclusive real estate in Southern California.