I drove through Newport Beach for the first time & it was all I’d ever imagined it to be…luxurious & beautiful. Crystal Cove State Park embodies that too…I think it’s the prettiest state park I’ve ever been in. You can tell that this park is well taken care of; making the $15 entrance fee fair.
I chose to visit here because it’s not far from me, it’s large, & for the historical district on the beach. There’s a whole other side to the park with hiking trails in the hills on the other side of PCH, but I just stuck to the beach side this time. What I learned once I set foot on the beach is that there are massive tide pools to explore. I wasn’t expecting that so I was wearing flip flops…whoops.
This was the Northern end of the park, toward the south is the historic district. What’s there are beach cottages that were built in the 30’s/40’s and are in disrepair. There are newer buildings now and it is it’s own little community. There are rentals, restaurants, a bar, shops, & a movie set museum (it’s the cottage from the 1988 movie “Beaches”). I picked up a brochure in the visitor center and they have a list of all the movies that were filmed in the park…there’s quite a few. I wasn’t visiting for that though, I wanted to see the old cottages!
Just a snippet of what the area looks like when leaving the park…so pretty.