Crystal Cove State Park: Laguna Beach, CA


We just got back from our trip to CA.  Someone recommended we do Crystal Cove… so we checked it out.  But the really hot tip, was to do The Beachcombers Cafe.  Not that the Beachcombers Cafe was that great … or that bad… but the beach was very photogenic with lots of mussel infested rocks for great foreground..  As an added benefit the parking was free with a validated ticket at The Beachcomber (pre-empting the $15 charge to park and walk the beach).




We chased seagulls and danced with the waves as we got our shoes wet and walked up one way, then back the other.  It was relaxing, and great fun.



Crystal Cove has a unique history in that it was owned by the Irvine family back in 1876.  In the 1930’s Hollywood came in and built 46 cottages for a movie set.  After the movie production, the cottages were abandoned and squatters came in and occupied them until their eviction in the 1970’s.  Today as a State Park there are 17 restored cottages which can be rented.  What a hoot that would be!

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2 thoughts on “Crystal Cove State Park: Laguna Beach, CA

  1. Kathy, I can’t believe I am just now finding this photo! Absolutely fantastic photo’s of my favorite beach in California! We have been going to Newport Beach and Crystal Cove for 13 years. The abandoned and dilapidated old beach homes (which I can’t wait for them all to be renovated) are a beautiful memory of what this beach must have been like back in the early 50s. It is truly a magical place and for us, it changes yearly. You also captured all of the best parts of the beach when it is inhabited with the seagulls, the occasional beach walker and the peacefulness. I will check in more often…after all, I am ONE of your favorite fans!


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