Crystal Cove Beach is one of our very favorite beaches. It's a bit of a pain to get to (park across PCH and a long walk to the beach or pay $1 to take the bus down) but it is less crowded than most beaches and is always so pretty.
At the beach you can enjoy exploring the tidepools, go for a morning walk or just lay out and play in the water. At the State Park in the bluffs overlooking the beach you can take a nature walk, have a picnic lunch with a spectacular view or even bike the paved roads.
Parking is $10 at all of the Crystal Cove parking lots. Crystal Cove beach is located just south of Newport off of PCH.
- Buy picnic items at the Trader Joe's located in the Crystal Cove Promenade just south of the beach area on PCH.
- Eat breakfast or lunch first at the Pacific Whey Cafe in the Crystal Cove Promenade. See previous post.
- Eat right on the beach at the Beachcomber Cafe but be prepared to wait a while! (And I mean like a minimum of an hour, sometimes the wait is hours long.)
- Walk up the hill to eat at the Shake Shack located right off PCH overlooking the beach.