Crystal Cove State Park in Laguna Beach is a wonderland with several hiking trails, and a beautiful beachside trail that overlooks its gorgeous coastline. We got rained out of doing some of the more mountainous hikes, so we decided to follow the trail down the beachside to explore the tide pools and really interesting caves and rock formations. We parked at Reef Point Drive to start, which has a $15 park fee for a day pass.
Tip: Check the tides so you can view the tidepools at low tide and walk along the coastline without the danger of waves on the shoreline
If you want to do a longer more ambitious trail hike, park at El Moro Canyon.
If you decide to walk along the beach, the tidepools are filled with creatures so watch your step! There are sea anemones, hermit crabs, sea stars, sea urchins and more. The water is crystal clear and sits in glistening pools over the rocky rugged coastline. These rocks have been shaped over millions of years by the sea, sand and magma.
We walked along the beach past the historic district of Laguna Beach, where there are beach cottages that were first built by the Irvine Company and owned by movie directors and producers. Treasure Island(1918) and Beaches (1988) were both filmed here. Some of the cottages are now public vacation rentals, and some are dilapidated from decades of neglect. Thankfully, these old cottages are being prepped for restoration. There is a restaurant and bar in the Historic District, The Beachcomber Cafe and Bootlegger Bar. We went here after our hike for some appetizers and delicious bloody mary’s.