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Crystal Cove Historic District

Map & Directions 45 Crystal Cove, 165
Newport Beach, CA 92657


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The Crystal Cove Historic District is located along the wide sandy beach below the coastal bluffs where the seasonal Los Trancos Creek enters the Pacific Ocean. Since the early 1920’s this area has been used as a recreational refuge for people escaping the cities. It was used primarily for tent and trailer camping. By the 1930’s many roughly-crafted cabins and cottages had been erected by year-round residents in this serene little cove owned by The Irvine Company. In the late 1930’s The Irvine Company limited any further building in the cove and continued ranching their operations until 1979 when they sold the land to The State of California for a State Park.

The Crystal Cove Community is listed in the National Register of Historical Places. Forty-six cottages exist today. Twenty-two cottages have been restored to meet the standards for public use and visitation. There is a public tour of the Historic District on the 2nd Saturday of each month, and is listed on the Park calendar with more information. The Visitor Center offers exhibits and audio-visual presentations about the history and culture of this unique little community. The Store offers Crystal Cove cultural artifacts for the serious collector as well as for the casual collector of memories. The Beachcomber restaurant, on the sand, offers the ambiance of relaxing next to the ocean surf with sandwiches, cocktails, good food, good friends and good times past.

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  • Bravo on 01/28/10

    The Beach Comber was featured in the Bette Midler movie, “Beaches.” It’s great for food and cocktails to eat right on the sand! -Lynne Curtin, Real Housewives of Orange County

  • OC Weekly on 03/12/13

    The views at The Beachcomber are absolutely breathtaking! After a savory sunset dinner and a nice cocktail at hand, take advantage of this beautiful location with a romantic walk on the beach.

  • Stephanie L. on 06/09/13

    Make sure you have reservations or you will be waiting a long time. Breakfast menu ends at around 11:15. After that, it is lunch, even if you were waiting before 11. Prepare accordingly!

  • Judy B. on 05/01/10

    Walk rather than taking the shuttle -- reaalt nice and not too long.

  • OC Weekly on 10/31/11

    The views from The Beachcomber are ones you would typically see on a postcard. Enjoy a meal amongst OC housewives and suga' daddies. Voted Best Outdoor Dining by OC Weekly's Best of 2011 readers.

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