Crystal Cove State Park view

Enjoy Some Of The Best Beaches And Hikes In California At This Park

By Jenna Busch


Crystal Cove State Park in California is right in the center of Orange County and has miles of beaches, some incredible hikes, camping, and historic places to stay.
Crystal Cove State Park has great shoreline spots for swimming, surfing, boating, and snorkeling. There are tide pools to explore, good scuba spots, and even a few restaurants.
The park is easy to get to and is open from 6 a.m. through sunset. It boasts great hiking opportunities, like El Moro Canyon Trail and Crystal Peak Park Loop.
You can stay at the Moro Campground's RV, trailer, and tent sites or in the 1930s cottages in the Historic District, a former seaside colony. Be sure to get a reservation.
There are 3.2 miles of beach to enjoy. Moro Beach requires a pretty walk through a tunnel with fun paintings on it, and it's great for paddleboarding, fishing, and kayaking.
Pelican Point has tide pools at low tide to splash in, and it's a great scuba spot. You can dive at Treasure Cove Beach or snorkel and whale watch at Reef Point Beach.