Courtesy Notice: Phase III Restoration

We are very pleased to announce that starting in December 2018 significant construction activities will be taking place in the Crystal Cove State Park Historic District. The construction process consists of installing all new infrastructure and restoring the remaining cottages for public use as overnight rental cottages.

Construction activities will be most noticeable from the upper bluff cottages.  Cottages #18 & #29 are located adjacent to the construction project entrance. The cottages located in the lower hollow will not be affected. 

Construction activities will be limited to weekdays only from 8 am to 4:30 pm and no work will be permitted on State and National holidays.  All access to park facilities, including overnight lodging cottages, The Beachcomber Café, and the beach, will be maintained.

The construction process may at times cause some inconvenience but we are certain that any short term inconvenience will be more than offset by the long term benefit of adding 22 additional overnight rental units all of which will be available to the general public.

For more information, please visit the ‘North Beach Restoration’ section in our website: CrystalCove.org.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation and enjoy your stay at Crystal Cove Beach Cottages – your rustic historic district by the seashore.


  1. Registration/ Arrival Requirements

    No guest vehicles can park in the Historic District, except those with valid Disabled Parking Placards.

    Each registration includes guest parking for two vehicles. The parking area is in the Los Trancos Parking Lot, located across PCH from the Historic District, about a 5 minute walk from the cottages.

    Note: Entry into and through the park’s main gates (both to the Historic District and Los Trancos Parking) close daily from 10pm until 6am. All vehicle entry and parking as well as all accessibility for check-in and registration is restricted during this time.

    The person named on the reservation must be present and provide a reservation voucher or confirmation number as well as a valid photo ID. Approved verification of identity must be provided no later than 24 hours after check-in by fax or in-person, or guests face eviction by State of California Parks law enforcement officers.
    Disabled guests MUST provide appropriate identification and a valid DMV Disabled Parking Placard or they will not be admitted onto the property and no refund will be provided.

  2. Check-In and Parking

    Check-in time: 4:00pm-9:00pm

    To get to the Check-In Office: After entering the park, at the kiosk, follow the signage and park in the 15-minute check-in/check-out lot. The person named on the reservation must be present and must provide valid identification at time of check-in.

    Courtesy shuttles are available to take you and your belongings to your cottage and back to the check-in lot to transfer your vehicle to the Los Trancos Parking Lot, across Pacific Coast Highway from the Historic District.

    Except those with valid DMV Disabled Parking Placards, no guest vehicles are allowed to park in the Historic District.

    Additional paid day-use parking ($15 per vehicle) is available at the kiosk for access to Los Trancos parking lot across Pacific Coast Highway from the Historic District.

    No guest vehicle parking is allowed in the Historic District except those vehicles with valid DMV ADA Disabled placards.

  3. Check-Out

    Check-out time: 11am – Late check-outs are not allowed and strictly monitored.

    Upon check-out the mandatory City of Newport Beach Uniform Transient Occupancy Tax of 10% will be charged.

  4. Office Hours:

    7:00am – 10:00pm

  5. Quiet Time:

    10:00pm – 8:00am

  6. Deposits

    Reservations require full payment in advance through ReserveCalifornia. Upon arrival, guests will be required to provide a credit card, for authorization only (not a charge), serving as a deposit for keys, flashlights and occupancy tax.

    A $50 per key and flashlight charge will be assessed if lost.

  7. Occupancy Limits

    The nightly rate is based on the maximum allowable occupancy of people for an individual cottage or dorm-style, private room cottages.

    The person named on the reservation must be present and must provide valid photo ID at the time of check in. Names of all occupants, both adults and children 4 years or older, staying in the unit must be provided at check-in.

    Occupancy limits will be strictly enforced and any party that falsely represents the total number of guests or exceeds maximum interior or exterior occupancy limits in any unit may be subject to immediate eviction without refund by Crystal Cove State Park law enforcement officers.

  8. Visitors

    Non-registered guests and visitors MUST vacate state park, including all cottages and their decks by 10:00pm each day.

  9. Cancellations, Modifications, No Show & Early Out Policies

    CANCELLATION POLICY:  Crystal Cove Beach Cottages reservation holders will forfeit the first night’s room charge fees when cancelling six (6) or fewer days prior to arrival. Accordingly, Reserve California cancellation policy is applicable to all reservations booked within the time period (window) of six (6) days prior to the arrival date.

    If you cancel a reservation, a cancellation fee of $7.99 will be assessed per reservation. You may cancel reservations by calling the Contact Center at 800.444.7275 or online at ReserveCalifornia.com.

    MODIFICATION POLICY:  No reservation modifications will be accepted for Crystal Cove Beach Cottages.

    NO SHOW POLICY at Crystal Cove Beach Cottages:  Your reserved cottage or dorm-style, private room will be held for you until 12:00 NOON the day after your expected arrival date. If you have not notified Crystal Cove Beach Cottages at CottagesInfo@CrystalCove.org and Reserve California, 800.444.7275 before that time, you will be considered a “no show” and your reservation will be cancelled. Guest will forfeit their $7.99 reservation fee and a one night’s room charge.

    EARLY OUT POLICY at Crystal Cove Beach Cottages (In-house cancellation policy):  Registered guests at Crystal Cove Beach Cottages may cancel any remaining nights, when departing earlier than planned, by giving notice prior to 11:00 am at the Front Desk the day before (24-hour notification) the new requested departure date to avoid forfeiting a one night’s room charge fee.

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