Crystal Cove State Park

Photos: Abe Atri
Featuring: Kiki Casillas

SUNS OUT AND BUNS OUT IN THE O.C

Nestled in a gentle bend along a dramatic stretch of Southern California Coastline, Crystal Cove is quintessential California. Crystal Cove’s stunning beach and bluffs have been captured in American film, by American Impressionist painters and in the photo albums of countless day-trippers and vacationers who have discovered this real California place over the past 150 years.


Crystal Cove State Park has 3.2 miles of beach and 2,400 acres of undeveloped woodland. The offshore waters are designated as an underwater park. The beaches are bordered by hardy, fleshy-leaved plants growing low against salt-sprayed dunes. Visitors can explore tide pools and sandy coves.