Just when you think that you know every possible nook and cranny of a city and it’s surroundings, you’re introduced to one of Southern California’s best kept secrets: Crystal Cove State Beach. Crystal Cove is technically not located within the city limits of Los Angeles, but it is close enough for people to make the drive down. When you get to Crystal Cove, it’s almost like taking a trip back in time to see what a beach community must have looked like in the 1920’s and 1930’s.
There is an amazing little restaurant called Beachcomber and it is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It promises to be an amazing spot for both romance and for reflection. Also on the bluff is Ruby’s Shake Shack which is quite the diner with multiple locations throughout SoCal and beyond. What an amazing spot to observe those final 20 minutes up until sunset. Either restaurant looks amazing with Beachcomber of course being the date spot if you are looking for the restaurant with one of the best locations in all of southern California.
History: The history of Crystal Cove is rife with intrigue and will be touched upon in a few days 1
Surfing and Swimming: You will find many areas to surf and swim at this hidden cove.
TidePools: Find the low tide schedule and then get out there and enjoy the exhiliration of exploring a tidepool. Here is an actual photo gallery of what you my be able to discover when you stroll through at low tide!
Wedding Photography: As you walk along you might come across a young couple taking wedding or engagement shots taking advantage of the pristine beauty of the area. With memorable sunsets and a typical California friendliness, you will find people from all walks of life enjoying the sandy shores and the pristine precipices.
Crystal Cove cottage reservations: There are a number of refurbished cottages that are available to rent and if you so choose, you can enter the online system to try to reserve one of these gems. If you want to reserve a cottage here is the official site to do so.
At one time Crystal Cove State Beach was listed in the National Register or Historic Places, but has since been removed for some reason which I could not figure out. Maybe the local residents were able to get it taken off of the list to continue to maintain its standing as a true hidden gem of southern California.