Crystal Cove

Crystal Cove, the Beaches, Historic Cottages and  State Park

Crystal Cove Community and State Park are located in the Newport Coast division of Newport Beach. The gated community is perched above the Pacific Ocean, and is one of the newer developments in Newport Coast with several homesites still available at the time of this posting.

Crystal Cove residents enjoy many amenities including the 2 ½-acre resort-style recreation center known as The Canyon Club. With a large community room, state-of-the-art fitness room, catering-style kitchen, dining terraces, junior Olympic pool, spa and half-basketball court, the club is the perfect place for residents to spend time with family, friends and neighbors.  Residents also have access to more than 3,600 acres of protected natural wilderness, with trails for hiking and horseback riding in nearby Crystal Cove State Park.

Crystal Cove State Park is a state park of California, USA, encompassing 3.2 miles (5.1 km) of Pacific coastline, inland chaparral canyons, and the Crystal Cove Historic District of beach houses. The park located in Newport Beach. Crystal Cove is a stretch of coastal cliffs and a beachfront cove situated between the Pacific Coast Highway and thePacific Ocean just north of Laguna Beach.[1] In addition to the beach, the park has 2,400 acres (970 ha) of undeveloped woodland inland of the coast highway, 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.[2] The 3,936-acre (1,593 ha) park was established in 1979.[3]

Lifeguard Services at Crystal Cove are provided by the California State Parks Lifeguard Service. Lifeguards patrol the beach year round while lifeguard towers are staffed roughly Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.

The Crystal Cove Historic District inside the park contains 46 restored beach cottages from the 1920s and 1930s which are available for rent.[4][5] The house from the Bette Midler movie Beaches is located in Crystal Cove.[6]

Crystal Cove Beach Cottages

Yes, take a step back in time with a visit to the newly restored Crystal Cove Beach Cottages in the Crystal Cove State Park Historic District.

Whether in an Individual or Dorm-Style Cottage, Crystal Cove Beach Cottages offer gorgeous ocean views, charming historic details, and a glimpse of a uniquely Southern Californian beach colony from a bygone era.

Located in the heart of Crystal Cove State Park’s 3.5 miles of pristine coastline, the Historic District first developed as a South Seas movie set due to its seclusion and tropical aura. The community thrived and became beloved for its relaxed, friendly atmosphere and picturesque landscape; and in 1979, the Crystal Cove State Park Historic District was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Built as a seaside colony in the 1930’s & ‘40’s, Crystal Cove endures as a magical escape for visitors who appreciate the opportunity to experience California’s natural and architectural beauty, untouched by time.

Thanks to the efforts of the Crystal Cove Alliance, all of the original cottages are still standing today – spared from the hands of developers. Twenty-one cottages have already been authentically restored to reflect the era between 1935 and 1955, when the Cove evolved as a community.

We invite you to experience the magic of Crystal Cove as it existed in the 1930s to ‘50s with a stay in one of thirteen(13) Individual or three(3) Dorm-Style Cottages. Located directly on the beach or overlooking the seaside from a bluff top, each cottage has been painstakingly restored and furnished to recreate Crystal Cove’s unique vintage beach culture and rustic ambience. Reservations are available year-round.

Crystal Cove Alliance (CCA), a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization, is the official concessionaire for Crystal Cove Beach Cottages and non-profit partner with California State Parks. CCA has played an integral part in the preservation and restoration of the cottages. As a non-profit public benefit organization, CCA remains dedicated to raising the funds necessary to restore the remaining 17 cottages in Phases III. We look forward to their restoration, preservation and public use, but it cannot be done without your assistance!


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