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Crystal Cove State Park
Location Orange County, California
Nearest city Laguna Beach
Coordinates 33°34′26.4″N 117°50′24″W / 33.574°N 117.84°W / 33.574; -117.84Coordinates: 33°34′26.4″N 117°50′24″W / 33.574°N 117.84°W / 33.574; -117.84
Governing body California Department of Parks and Recreation

Crystal Cove State Park in Orange County, California has 3.5 miles (6 km) of beach and 2,000 acres (8 km2) of undeveloped woodland, which is popular for hiking and horseback riding. The offshore waters are designated as an underwater park. Crystal Cove is used by mountain bikers inland and scuba and skin divers underwater. The beach is popular with swimmers and surfers. Visitors can explore tidepools and sandy coves. Crystal Cove offers sand and surf, rocky reefs, ridges and canyons - plus recreational opportunities - that appeal to everybody. State Park Rangers conduct nature hikes in the winter.

Crystal Cove State Park beach

The park features three miles of Pacific coastline, plus wooded canyons, open bluffs, and offshore waters designated as an underwater park. Crystal Cove is not just used by people who enjoy water related activities, such as swimming, surfing, sunbathing, scuba and skin diving, but also people who like to fish, mountain bike and hike.

Lifeguard Services at Crystal Cove are provided by the California State Parks Lifeguard Service. Lifeguards patrol the beach year round while lifeguard towers are staffed roughly Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.

The great expanse upland in the San Joaquin Hills to the north and east of the Pacific Coast Highway is for hikers, who can follow hillside and canyon trails to campsites that allow visitors to feel they are "away from it all," despite being near one of the greatest population centers in the United States.

The house from the Bette Midler movie Beaches is located in Crystal Cove.

See also

Crystal Cove Historic District

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