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 city. Located two thirds of the way from Los Angeles to San Diego this is a real gem, that seem to be popular only with locals.
Orange county residents flock to Crystal Cove every other weekend to bask in the sun, hike the hills and stroll the shores of the 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.
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 days. Check out this chill video for some aerial fortage of the park, plus some of the dishes offered at the Beach comber cafe.
Waterfall and a Cave at the Crystal Cove
All the way at the Northern Part of the park you will find a Cave and a small dripping waterfall. We like hiking to a destination and these features are good enough to be a destination point.
Any time you hike it is a good idea to set a goal to a destination point, that way a hike feels like you’ve accomplished something.
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.
Btw. if you don’t feel like being a free loader you can always check out Trader Joes at the Crystal Cove Shopping center. We usually stop for a quick bite at the Bear Flag Fish Company- Crystal Cove. You will find some-what high end (not very quality though) restaurants on the plaza, as well as star bucks coffee.
North Beach Restoration Project
“Orange county’s most iconic site!”, it’s a community built without plans or architecture. Translation: This is just a prime piece of land immediately adjacent to the ocean. The woman in the video does an amazing job selling you this “project,” how you should participate and donate to this “true heritage site.”
Basically without any shame she’s asking for money from everyone to restore some people’s houses. No explanation of what this project going to be, are these areas going to be open to the public; are these houses going to be museums; how is this space going to be used for private events? This is just an example of hose you continue possession of prime land via public funds. It’s a perfect example of “private public partnership.” lolz
Anyways. There’s a nice well priced restaurant – Beach Comber right at the entrance to the beach. Furthermore there’s a shake shack on a side of PCH and immediately above the Crystal Cove Beach Cottages. Btw. 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 right on the beach that is kinda of fun to take part in.
What is really striking about this post is the vast difference in the conversational abilities of Jesse “the explorer” and Laura Davic “the MBA lady.” The level of intellect between these two people is almost tangibly palpable. Anyways, we are here simply to enjoy the Nature of the West Coast.