Father's Day at Crystal Cove


Crystal Cove is currently one of my favorite beach spots in Southern California. I only just discovered it recently when one of my mom's high school friends took me and my mom there last winter.

Since my dad had never been either I decided to take him there for Father's Day. There's a great little restaurant called The Beachcomber Cafe that's right on the sand. It's not the cheapest but you cannot beat the location and the food is pretty good too. Reservations are limited (they leave 70% of the restaurant open for walk ins).

Since all the reservations were already taken we decided to go there early in the morning so that there would hopefully be less of a wait to get seated. When putting our names in at 9 a.m. we were told that it would be a 2 hour wait. We decided to explore the beach a bit while we waited, however, we ended up being seated in only about 20 minutes.

Some of the creatures we discovered while exploring the tide pools:

After we finished breakfast the sun came out and we walked back to the parking lot along the beach and snapped some pictures. 

After we made it back to the car which we parked in the Reef Point lot we drove to the El Moro parking area to go for a hike. By this time it was about noon and extremely hot so we didn't end up hiking for a very long time. Also, I found the trails rather brown and uninteresting, although I can imagine it the area would be very pretty when it isn't drought ridden. 

I love Crystal Cove because it has such a unique feeling to it and is quite different from the traditional California beaches like Huntington or Santa Monica. I actually plan on going back in a couple weeks!

  • If you park in the Los Trancos parking lot near the historic district the restaurant will validate your parking for up to 3 hours (if you eat there of course).
  • If you are able to plan ahead, making reservations can help ensure you get a spot on the patio at the Beachcomber.
  • There is a trolly which can take you from the Historic District back to the Los Trancos parking lot for $1.

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