A Visit to Crystal Cove in Southern California and Lunch at The Beachcomber Cafe
A visit to Crystal Cove is a step back in time, where the beach and the historic cottages remain much like they were in the 1920s and 1930s.
Now a state park (since 1979 with 2400 acres of woodland overlooking the ocean) and 12-acre historic site, north of Laguna Beach and south of Corona del Mar and the Newport coast, Crystal Cove is a special place to enjoy - a gorgeous beach, a bit of history,and the Beachcomber Cafe.
Crystal Cove has been a popular beach resort area for generations, and many Hollywood films have used the site as well. These historic cottages are available for rent (except those in the 3rd phase of refurbishment) and have spectacular ocean views and charm.
Access to historic Crystal Cove is from the Los Trancos parking lot on the east side of Route 101.
You can walk (my preferred way to get there so you can enjoy nature and the tunnel) or via the Beachcomber Shuttle ($1).
Dining at the beach is always special and the Beachcomber Café is no exception.
Expect a wait most days, especially if you want a table on the covered deck for the best ocean views, but sitting at a picnic table watching the ocean or strolling through the community is not a bad way to spend your time.
I first met Crystal Cove when we organized a lunch in 2007 for a bunch of ActiveRain folks…our own bit of history. It’s a special place to take people who have never been, and a beautiful drive to get there.
I spent several hours there this past Sunday with my wife (her first visit) followed by a couple hours of art gallery strolling in Laguna Beach. A spectacular way to take some time off and enjoy the Southern California lifestyle.
Enjoy YOUR visit below.