Cottage #27 – The Dive Shack

Jan 15, 2020

In the late 1930s, four young women pooled their money to build a palm-frond-covered beach cottage at Crystal Cove. Perched on an ocean-front bluff above winding brick stairs, the retreat was originally called “Elmarudor.” Nearly a century later, the palm fronds have been replaced with dark shingles and the cottage is now available for public Read More »

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Jeff Stevenson Remembered at Crystal Cove

Jan 15, 2020

Throughout the years here at the Cove, many people have come and gone. One of those special people was Jeff Stevenson, who passed away late last year. Jeff could often be spotted driving around the Cove in an electric golf cart with his signature hat and warm smile. Jeff was a Crystal Cove Beach Cottages Read More »

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Bobcats at Crystal Cove State Park

Jan 15, 2020

If you are out and about hiking in Crystal Cove State Park, you are likely to see lots evidence of the native wildlife, such as tracks, scat, and scratch marks. Bobcats are highly adaptable to living in a variety of habitats, but these beautiful animals are very secretive and solitary. We see their signs, but Read More »

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Crystal Cove Cottage Stays: 21 and Done!

Jan 15, 2020

I first started staying at Crystal Cove approximately 3 years ago during a very difficult time in my life.  I found when I rented a cottage for one or two days, I could forget about everything else. I would read books, walk on the beach, sit and enjoy the fabulous sunsets every evening (I must Read More »

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Crystal Cove’s Natural Playground

Dec 12, 2019

‘Tis the season to explore our underwater park. Winter months offer the lowest tides of the year with peaceful, uncrowded beaches making it the perfect time to discover the wonders of Crystal Cove’s tide pools. You could say tide pool organisms are the survivors of the ocean, living in two separate worlds where the ocean Read More »

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The Most Magical Time of the Year

Dec 12, 2019

    The holidays are upon us and the Crystal Cove Historic District is transformed from a sublime coastal escape to a winter wonderland, with a bit less snow, and a lot more sand. Replete with glimmering lights and reindeer, the Cove is decked out for Christmas, thanks to the generous help of staff and volunteers. Read More »

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Crystal Cove Student Data Included in First Scientific Journal Article!

Nov 17, 2019

Since 2016, fifth grade students from across Orange County have joined Crystal Cove Conservancy educators, UC Irvine scientists, and State Park land managers, helping us investigate how to best protect and preserve threatened open spaces like Crystal Cove State Park through the Project Crystal Community Science program. Last month, the findings from data collected by Read More »

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Crystal Cove State Park – Accessibility for All

Nov 14, 2019

Crystal Cove State Park – Accessibility for All Access to Crystal Cove State Park’s stunning beaches and blufftops have always provided challenges for visitors of all abilities who want to experience all that our unique park has to offer. Despite the challenges of a rugged and diverse environment, accommodations are continually being made to improve Read More »

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