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Posted by on Sep 12, 2013 | 5 comments

The Beaches at Crystal Cove State Park

My last post was dedicated to the Historic District located right at the cove that gives the name to the entire area.

Cute, colorful cottages, which can be rented at an affordable price, located in one of the most beautiful stretches of sand in Southern California sound like my version of paradise.

Yes, I wouldn’t mind spending an entire day sunbathing and having Ruby’s shakes while seeing dozens of brown pelicans flying over me.

Ahh, but this park has so much more to offer.  In fact, you have 3.2 miles of coastline to walk, run, tide pool, surf, dive or position your umbrella.

This is my best effort to guide you thru the different beaches or coves in the park.  Even though you may not be interested in these formalities, I am sure you would be interested in taking a look at the photos of this place.

Let me tell you, this may be not 100% accurate since there are no magical signs informing you about the different coves.  I have made this compilation by using the map in the park’s brochure, some Google searches and organizing the photos I have taken in situ.  In addition, some of these coves are not clearly defined and look more like a continuous strand of sand.

Documentation states the park is comprised of 7 separate coves.  I was able to count 6 on the map and organize my photos based on that (help me if you know how the 7th cove is called).

Little Treasure Cove

This is the northern most cove in the park.  The Balboa Pier and the Corona del Mar beaches are easily seen from here.

Little Treasure Cove, Crystal Cove State Park, Laguna Beach, California

 

Little Treasure Cove, Crystal Cove State Park, Laguna Beach, California

 

Little Treasure Cove, Crystal Cove State Park, Laguna Beach, California

 

Treasure Cove

The division between Little Treasure Cove and Treasure Cove is easy to identify.  Now, it is not so easy to determine the dividing line between Treasure Cove and Crystal Cove.

According to the map in the park’s brochure, these two coves are separated by Pelican Point.  The problem is that this point is not so easy to identify since it is not a prominent promontory.

I noticed that at the top of the bluffs a boardwalk takes you to Pelican Point.  Voila! That is the information I needed.  I was able to identify the exact point in one of my photos.  Look below.

Pelican Point

 

So, that is why I now the next three photos are of Treasure Cove.

Treasure Cove, Crystal Cove State Park, Laguna Beach, California

 

Treasure Cove, Crystal Cove State Park, Laguna Beach, California

 

Treasure Cove, Crystal Cove State Park, Laguna Beach, California

 

Crystal Cove

This is the biggest cove in the park and home of the Historic District.  Numerous movies have been filmed in here.  It is truly amazing to take a look at this cove from the top of the bluffs.

Crystal Cove, Crystal Cove State Park, Laguna Beach, California

 

Crystal Cove, Crystal Cove State Park, Laguna Beach, California

 

Crystal Cove, Crystal Cove State Park, Laguna Beach, California

 

Bird, Crystal Cove State Park, Laguna Beach, California

 

3.5 Cove

This cove was easier to identify since Reef Point marks its southern boundary.

3.5 Cove, Crystal Cove State Park, Laguna Beach, California

 

3.5 Cove, Crystal Cove State Park, Laguna Beach, California

 

3.5 Cove, Crystal Cove State Park, Laguna Beach, California

 

3.5 Cove, Crystal Cove State Park, Laguna Beach, California

 

Scotchman’s Cave

This area is full of neat rock formations.

Scotchmans Cove, Crystal Cove State Park, Laguna Beach, California

 

Scotchmans Cove, Crystal Cove State Park, Laguna Beach, California

 

Scotchmans Cove, Crystal Cove State Park, Laguna Beach, California

 

Scotchmans Cove, Crystal Cove State Park, Laguna Beach, California

 

Scotchmans Cove, Crystal Cove State Park, Laguna Beach, California

 

Moro Cove (or beach)

This area is known as Moro Beach even though it is a pretty well defined cove.  The Lifeguard Headquarters are located here and there is a tunnel that takes you to the Moro Campground.  The Moro Canyon Day Use area (from where the backcountry part of the park is accessed) is also located close.

Abalone Point is located at the end of the beach and marks the southern boundary of the park.

Moro Cove or Beach, Crystal Cove State Park, Laguna Beach, California

 

Moro Cove or Beach, Crystal Cove State Park, Laguna Beach, California

 

Moro Cove or Beach, Crystal Cove State Park, Laguna Beach, California

 

Moro Cove or Beach, Crystal Cove State Park, Laguna Beach, California

 

Moro Cove or Beach, Crystal Cove State Park, Laguna Beach, California

 

So, what do you think?  Would you like to visit Crystal Cove State Park?

5 Comments

  1. Thank you for going through the effort of compiling these pics and info! This is super helpful as I plan an upcoming trip.

  2. Hello!
    How accessible is Little Treasure Cove? Are there designated trails to get right onto the shore?

    • In my opinion, Little Treasure Cove is very accessible. This is the northernmost cove in the park. Make sure to park in the Pelican Point parking lot. Form there, it should be easy to access it (there are trails and maps with indications).
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