Wheels on the Bus
WHEELS ON THE BUS
THE BEACHCOMBER CAFÉ’S SHUTTLE DRIVERS ARE THE EYES AND EARS ON THE ROAD TO CRYSTAL COVE.
As visitors scramble to collect the last of their beach accessories from their cars, a playful horn blast fills the Los Trancos parking lot. You can faintly hear the bellowing laughter of a man behind the wheel of The Beachcomber Café shuttle—that’s Pedro, one of three drivers who transport guests from their cars to the Historic District restaurant. The bus drivers are fixtures in the Park, and as the first employees to greet visitors, they play an important role at Crystal Cove. Get to know Pedro, Dennis and Tom—and make sure you say hello next time you hop aboard the shuttle!
Dennis has been a shuttle driver for The Beachcomber Café for more than eight years. One of his favorite parts of the job is meeting people from all over the world who visit the park every year. As a longtime driver, he keeps his route exciting by reveling in the beauty of the Park’s nature. “You see a lot of wildlife going back and forth from the parking lot to the Historic District,” he says. “Many times on a clear day you can see pods of dolphins, or a whale spouting. In the parking lots, it’s fun to watch the squirrels and the occasional roadrunner darting around between cars.”
Pedro, a native of the Dominican Republic, makes sure every trip he makes down to the Park’s designated drop-off spot is filled with laughter. Also a longtime shuttle driver—he’s held his job since the cafe opened in 2006—Pedro is an expert at cracking jokes and making his passengers get excited about a day at the beach. One thing he enjoys is blowing the large brass bulb horn he carries on the shuttle. Everyone knows about the horn, he explains, not just shuttle guests, but also joggers, people in the crosswalk and people in their cars driving by.
The newest Beachcomber shuttle driver, Tom keeps the job fun by visiting with guests. “The thing I enjoy about the regulars is sharing just how special it is here at Crystal Cove,” he says. In the eight months he’s been on the job, he’s discovered that what he loves most is watching the majestic sunsets and seeing how much the children light up when they ride the bus.