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Crystal Cove Love Stories

Feb 8, 2019

When you think about Crystal Cove, the word love will always come up. Love for the cottages, love for the whales and dolphins, love for the incredible sunsets, love for the peace and tranquility, and most importantly, love for the one you get to share it with. It’s no secret that Crystal Cove is the Read More »

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Nature’s Love Songs

Feb 7, 2019

This Valentine’s Day many people will be enjoying the love songs by Marvin Gaye, or John Legend, but in the animal kingdom some species enjoy a different tune. Many native Crystal Cove species use songs to attract their mates and find love. The use of vocalization is very common in bird species and is often Read More »

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North Beach Construction Update – February 2019

Feb 7, 2019

Despite the heavy downpours of rain in January and February, work on the north beach cottages continues to stay on track. Our two construction companies, RockForce and Spectra have been working diligently stabilizing the north beach road in preparation for heavy machinery to maneuver down closer to the cottages. You may notice that a few Read More »

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“That Darling Old House” – Cottage #12 on the North Beach

Feb 7, 2019

“Bless that darling old house!” wrote one longtime occupant of Cottage #12, the white two-story cottage that has watched over the North Beach for ninety years. Tucked into the hillside at a slight tilt, Cottage #12 is a familiar feature of the iconic North Beach silhouette. Captured by photographers and artists for nearly a century, Read More »

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A monumental migration

Jan 17, 2019

Here in Crystal Cove State Park, we are lucky enough to have front row seats to the longest mammal migration on the planet. Gray whales travel up to 12,000 miles round trip every year between the Bering and Chukchi Seas in Alaska down to lagoons on Mexico’s Baja Peninsula. They stick close to shore for Read More »

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A childhood spent at Crystal Cove Historic Cottage #7

Jan 17, 2019

Crystal Cove Historic Cottage #7 still stands fenced off among the other North Beach cottages preparing for renovation, but the memories spent within them are still alive for Dale Carter, grandson of the original Carter family that built the cottage. Dale was kind enough to share some of his early experiences spent at Cottage #7 Read More »

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Submerged treasures at Crystal Cove

Jan 17, 2019

On a beautiful autumn day in early November of 2018, the California State Parks dive team convened on a boat offshore of Crystal Cove State Park, ready to take a plunge. The visibility was excellent that day, and would make for a fascinating survey. The mission? To conduct a condition assessment for a very precious Read More »

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A sprinkle for your soul. When it rains at Crystal Cove.

Jan 17, 2019

Rainy days at the Cove are some of the best. The dark and stormy sea is breathtaking. It’s so quiet, you can hear the frogs croaking and the pitter patter of rain on the historic cottage rooftops. Although the tunnel under PCH is often closed in the rain, it reminds us how swift and strong Read More »

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North Beach News – December 2018

Dec 14, 2018

The north beach at Crystal Cove is a buzz of activity!  You may have noticed the new construction fencing or the workers donning yellow vests and hard hats darting around the 17 unrestored cottages. That’s our careful and passionate construction crews that have begun the infrastructure work.  RockForce Construction from Lake Forest is responsible for Read More »

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The More the Merrier: Traditions of Gathering

Dec 14, 2018

Gathering for shared meals has a long history at Crystal Cove. Potlucks on the sand, around campfires, or in cozy cottages made any day at the Cove a celebration of community and place. Food, stories, and recipes were shared over the seasons and years, and eventually, some of these recipes were gathered in a community cookbook called Read More »

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