A Whale of a Summer

Jul 13, 2018

If you happen to be walking along the beach or one of our blufftop trails sometime this summer, take a moment to gaze out to the horizon. If you take enough time to patiently wait, you’ll be amazed at what you can see. Can you spot the enormous 30 foot high spout off in the […]

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The Beachcomber Express Tent

Jul 13, 2018

Summer at Crystal Cove is here! As the heat starts to turn up on our beautiful little paradise, the throngs of excited beachgoers start arriving on our shores, ready to soak up every last ray of sun. The Cove offers so much in the way of fun activities, from playing in the sand to splashing […]

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Summer Campaign Challenge!

Jul 13, 2018

We need your help! After years in the making and incredible efforts from the public, we are now closer than ever to finally restoring the remaining 17 cottages in North Beach. This Heritage Legacy Project represents the final phase of restoration needed to complete this vision for Crystal Cove, which includes building the infrastructure, restoring […]

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A Crystal Cove State of Mind

Jul 13, 2018

    Celebrating the Summertime Anniversary of Crystal Cove Beach Cottages “Happiness to All Who Visit This Cottage” “We feel like California time travelers …. we never want to leave. Don’t change a thing; everything is perfect!” This 2009 hand-written entry from the guest journal of restored historic cottage #29 is one of many reflections recorded […]

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Cottage #23 “Casita del Mar” on the North Beach

May 10, 2018

“We figured we were in the world’s perfect spot,” wrote one longtime resident of Cottage #23 — also known as “Casita del Mar.” Offering “splendid views from the deck,” the cottage dates from 1932 and is part of the mid-bluff grouping of the North Beach. Not much is known of the original builders, but drill […]

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Crystal Cove’s Beautiful Coastal Sage Scrub

May 10, 2018

The sight of scrub brush, the smell of sage, and the sound of gnatcatchers; indicators of quality Coastal Sage Scrub and characteristics of much of the landscape of Crystal Cove.  Coastal Sage Scrub, the primary plant community of Crystal Cove, is a collection of plants which are adapted to the dry conditions they face in […]

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Plein Air Painting Classes at the Cove this Summer

May 10, 2018

Every summer, Crystal Cove hosts Plein-Air painting classes at Cottage #13 with an instructor, giving beginning painters the opportunity to participate in a nearly 100-year-old tradition at Crystal Cove. Debbie Morines was one such participant in our classes, and eventually went on to be featured in one of our Art Shows! Here is her experience: […]

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Consider Becoming a Member of Crystal Cove Conservancy

May 10, 2018

With spring in the air, there is a sense of renewal throughout all of Crystal Cove. Our 2,400 protected acres of backcountry are in bloom with a bounty of butterflies and birds. Our 1,150-acre offshore underwater park creates a peaceful pathway for migrating gray whales. With the days becoming longer and the sun dipping below […]

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North Beach Restoration: A Glimpse of the Future

Apr 13, 2018

Last year, Crystal Cove Conservancy commissioned artist Kevin Davidson to paint each of the 17 unrestored cottages in the North Beach area of Crystal Cove State Park depicting them as they will look upon completion of the Phase III restoration project. Kevin has been a Crystal Cove Park Interpretive Store artist for many years. His […]

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Earth Day 2018

Apr 13, 2018

The walk from the Los Trancos parking lot towards the Crystal Cove Historic District is always a pleasant one, passing under the shade of trees along the frog-filled creek. But a particularly interesting part of this path is the Los Trancos tunnel and its many murals that decorate all 300 feet. The majority of these […]

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