Crystal Cove State Park
Crystal Cove State Park in Newport Beach, CA is one of the most beautiful and charming sections of coastline in Southern California. The state park encompasses both an underwater park along the coastline and the state park back country area inland.
The backcountry area is comprised of 2,400 acres that are part of the Irvine Ranch National Landmark. There are miles of trails throughout the canyons and woods inside the park that can be used for hiking, biking, and even horse back riding. Although no beach camping is allowed in the park, visitors can take the opportunity to camp overnight at the several campgrounds located throughout Crystal Cove State Park. The campgrounds are located about 3 miles from the beach. The hikes to these campgrounds can be challenging, but are equally rewarding. With views of the canyons and sightings of golden eagles and vultures along the trail, nature seekers will be enthralled with the experience.
The Underwater Park along the coastline is a wonderful experience as well. This part of Crystal Cove State Park features more than 3 miles of beach that stretches from Treasure Cove to Abalone Point. Visitors to this part of the park will have a multitude of tide pools, rocky outcroppings, and coves to explore. You will also see that the beach here is very popular for snorkeling, scuba diving, and various types of surfing too.
If you need some respite from all that nature has to offer you here, the boardwalk near Pelican Point and the Crystal Cove historic district are a great place to get a bite to eat, relax, or do some shopping for souvenirs of your visit.
To get to Crystal Cove State Park travel South on Pacific Coast Highway from the center of Newport Beach, CA. The park is located between Corona Del Mar and Laguna Beach. All day parking passes are currently available for $15.
All pictures courtesy of Christienne Grey Photography. Calendars of Crystal Cove as well as prints by Christienne Grey are available at the website above or at Crystal Cove.