Crystal Cove, California
Crystal Cove is a Southern California’s luxurious Newport Coast community. Crystal Cove is home to some of Orange County’s most picturesque real estate. Nearly 75 percent of the community consists of dedicated open space, providing Crystal Cove residents with the natural beauty of sun-drenched hillsides, cool Pacific breezes & stunning Catalina Island vistas.
With first class shopping and dining just steps away in the Crystal Cove Promenade, Crystal Cove captures the essence of Southern California coastal living.
Crystal Cove State Park offers 3.5 miles of coastline in its natural state. A 1,140 acre marine sanctuary has been created within the boundaries of Crystal Cove State Park. This unique park offers snorklers and SCUBA divers an abundant and diverse view of marine life and is fully protected under the Fish and Game Marine Wildlife Refuge Act. The beach is popular with swimmers and surfers. Visitors can explore tidepools and sandy coves or stroll the length of the beach.
Beach Access is available at these points:
Los Trancos – Residents of Crystal Cove have a special security key that allows them to access a walking path that leads directly to the “Los Trancos” tunnel under Pacific Coast Highway. Additionally, there is a parking lot at Los Trancos that provides a shuttle service for access to the Historic District. There is a shuttle fee of $1 per person.
Reef Point – A popular beach access is from Reef Point parking lot. There are three access points to the beach. A quarter mile multi-use trail travels to the north and descends down to the beach at 3.5 Cove. A stairway delivers you to the popular Scotchman’s Cove and to the south, a ramp travels down to Muddy Creek, an excellent body surfing area.
Pelican Point – There are four bluff top parking lots, with access points to the beach. Next to each parking lot, there are restroom facilities some with outdoor showers. A one mile multi-use trail parallels the coast line that offers a view of the coastal bluff vegetation and wildlife.
The Crystal Cove Promenade offers a plethora of shopping and dining experiences, including:
At Ease for Men (949) 759-7979
Babette’s Restaurant 949.715.9915
Banana Republic (949) 494-4626
The Bar Method (949) 715-2199
Bear Flag Fish Company (949) 715-8899
Bellagio Spa & Salon (949) 720-9277
Bliss at The Cove (949) 494-6666
Bluefin Restaurant (949) 715-7373
Coastal Cool (949) 494-4545
Crystal Coast Optometry (949) 715-4300
Gap/Gap Kids/Gap Body (949) 494-0792
Javier’s (949) 494-1239
Casablanca Bridal (949) 275-7938
Juxtaposition Home (949) 715-1181
Lashfully (949) 494-5444
LOFT (949) 376-9119
Mastro’s Ocean Club (949) 376-6990
MILLIE (949) 715-1111
Modo Mio Cucina Rustica (949) 497-9770
Novecento for Women (949) 715-1700
Novecento Sports (949) 715-6900
Opus Bank (949) 793-4050
Piajeh (949) 715-4800
Pier 1 Imports (949) 497-7428
Starbucks Coffee (949) 376-5221
Sweet and Saucy Shop (949) 715-0920
Tamarind of London (949) 715-8338
Trader Joe’s (949) 494-7404
Williams-Sonoma (949) 464-2168
Z Collection Coming Soon!
Zpizza (949) 715-1117
The backcountry and wilderness areas of Crystal Cove State Park offer you 17 miles of hiking trails through 2,400 acres of native wilderness mostly the endangered coastal sage scrub plant community. For energetic backpackers, there are three environmental campgrounds, one in a canyon and two at the higher elevations. The higher trails offer beautiful vistas of the mountainous backcountry, geological formations, and the blue Pacific Ocean. Exploring the lower trails offers hiking through riparian woodlands with oak and sycamore trees along the seasonal Moro Creek. Whether you explore the high trails or the low trails or both, you will find ample evidence of native plants and animals, and a sense of escaping from civilization into the beautiful solitude of natural history.
Crystal Cove State Park
8471 North Coast Highway
Laguna Beach CA 92651
The park is located off Pacific Coast Highway between Corona del Mar and Laguna Beach.Latitude/Longitude: 33.5701 / -117.8756This is not beach camping. After you park your car in El Moro lot, you must hike inland about three miles, mostly uphill. The trail is strenuous at times and is in the opposite direction from the beach. Some people report that it takes two hours to reach the campgrounds, one way, while others report six hours. You must pack everything in, including water.
A picnic table and a pit toilet are available.
The nearest telephone is in the El Moro Parking lot.
All sites are accessible only by foot. All vehicles must be left at the park office!!
No Pets Allowed.
All Sites are a 3 mile hike from parking lot.
No drinking water available, must pack it in.
No trash cans available – pack it in, pack it out.
Fires restricted to backpack stoves.
Park reservations are available year-round.
In addition to the Historic District, Crystal Cove State Park has 3.5 miles of beach and 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 tidepools and sandy coves. Crystal Cove offers sand and surf, rocky reefs, ridges and canyons – plus recreational opportunities – that appeal to everybody. State Park Rangers conduct nature hikes in the winter.
The park features three miles of Pacific coastline, plus wooded canyons, open bluffs, and offshore waters designated as an underwater park. Crystal Cove is not just used by people who enjoy water related activities, such as swimming, surfing, sunbathing, scuba and skin diving, but also people who like to fish, mountain bike and hike.
The great expanse upland, north and east of the Pacific Coast Highway is for hikers, who can follow hillside and canyon trails to campsites that allow visitors to feel they are “away from it all,” despite being near one of the greatest population centers in the United States.
The Resort at Pelican Hill, Newport Coast
The Resort at Pelican Hill is nestled among 504 acres of coastland in Newport Coast, situated near thousands of acres of preserved, natural wilderness. A destination Golf Resort with three main components – 170 bungalows and 34 bungalow suites, a new golf clubhouse and 128 private villas. Designed by world famous golf course architect Tom Fazio, the golf course features 36 outstanding holes that make up the Ocean South and Ocean North courses.
Aliso Creek Inn and Golf Club, Laguna Beach
Aliso Creek Inn and Golf Club. This nine-hole public golf course sits just off of the Pacific Coast Highway in Laguna Beach, and offers one of the most astounding views in Orange County. As the course winds around a creek and through a steep brush-filled canyon, onlookers have the ability to truly enjoy nature’s beauty. This peaceful environment provides a desirable getaway for individuals and families alike.
Shady Canyon Golf Club, Irvine (Private)
Shady Canyon Golf Club. The 18-hole “Shady Canyon” course at the Shady Canyon Golf Club facility in Irvine, California features 7,012 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 71 . The course rating is 74.5 and it has a slope rating of 144 on Bermuda grass. Designed by Thomas Fazio, ASGCA, the Shady Canyon golf course opened in 2002. Steve Buck manages the course as the General Manager.
Big Canyon Country Club, Newport Beach (Private)
Big Canyon Country Club. The 18-hole “Big Canyon” course at the Big Canyon Country Club facility in Newport Beach, California features 6,981 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72 . The course rating is 73.9 and it has a slope rating of 136 on Bermuda grass. Designed by John F. Harbottle, III, ASGCA, the Big Canyon golf course opened in 1971. David H. Voorhees, CCM manages the course as the General Manager.
Built as a seaside colony in the 1930’s and 1940’s, the Crystal Cove Historic Beach Cottages endure as a magical escape for visitors who appreciate the opportunity to experience California’s natural and architectural beauty, untouched by time. The 46 original California beach cottages were placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979 as surviving examples of early Vernacular architecture. The cottages were carefully restored by the Crystal Cove Alliance (in conjunction with the California Department of Parks and Recreation) and may now be rented out on a daily basis. For additional information on renting a historic cottage, please visit
TAXESThe basic tax levy rate for properties in Crystal Cove is 1.00% of the assessed value, plus additional bonds, assessments and Mello-Roos.
Property owners in Crystal Cove belong to the Crystal Cove Homeowners Association. Homeowners enjoy 24 hour guarded gates, various community parks, as well as access to The Canyon Club which includes the swim center, clubhouse, fitness facility, basketball half-court and tennis courts. The H.O.A. dues vary for the different subdivisions within Crystal Cove, but they range from approximately $545 per month to approximately $765 per month.
H.O.A. website at: www.CrystalCoveHOA.org.