Hike with kids in Crystal Cove State Park
This is yet another excellent quiet place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the big city. Located two thirds of the way from Los Angeles to San Diego, popular with locals, Crystal Cove State park is a real marvel.
Orange county residents flock to Crystal Cove every weekend to bask in the sun, hike the hills and stroll the shores of the primitive and pristine crystal Cove beach. Some even surf the rough waters given a good tide. Also this is one of the favorite places for locals to go “bugging” also known as lobster diving and spear fishing.
The park stretches for a couple of miles along the shore and has an inland component. We recommend hiking the inland component on windy days and enjoy the beach on a warmer day. Check out the aerial footage of the park.
Waterfall and a Cave at the Crystal Cove
At the southern park’s border you will find a Cave and a small dripping waterfall. It is always great to have a destination while hiking. Our son feels absolutely thrilled to see the fall or the cave, like it’s a new discovery every time.
To me, setting a goal as as a destination point will guarantee a sense of accomplishment for that day. Being a natural achiever it’s always a pleasure for me to hit a milestone.
Check out the video report from Jesse St Louis on exploring sea caves in OC.
Free Parking Crystal Cove Beach:
The parking at one of the state parking lots costs $15 – which is insane, although does keep the riff raff our. But not professional riff raff like us =)
If you don’t like being charged to enjoy the nature you can alternatively park at the Crystal Cove Shopping center. It’s a 15 min or so walk to the beach from the parking lot.
Furthermore, if you parked at one of the state beach parking lots, the Beachcomber Café will validate your parking.
Oftentimes, my family and I swing by the Bear Flag Fish Company for a quick bite. There’s also a coffee shop and several up-scale restaurants on the plaza. Killer views open up from the Trader Joe’s parking lot. We really enjoyed having tail-gate dinners during the COVID-19 lockdown.
North Beach Restoration Project
Check out this engaging speaker who lays the project’s description.
There’s a nice well priced restaurant – Beach Comber right at the entrance. Furthermore, there’s a shake shack on a side of PCH and immediately above the Crystal Cove Beach Cottages.
You can rent one of the Crystal Cove Beach Cottages and stay right on the beach. Every year there’s a Christmas Tree lighting Crystal Cove Beach.