Crystal Cove Beach Cottages


Take a step back in time...

Crystal Cove Beach Cottages

Yes, take a step back in time with a visit to the newly restored Crystal Cove Beach Cottages in the Crystal Cove State Park Historic District.

Whether in an Individual or Dorm-Style Cottage, Crystal Cove Beach Cottages offer gorgeous ocean views, charming historic details, and a glimpse of a uniquely Southern Californian beach colony from a bygone era. 

Located in the heart of Crystal Cove State Park’s 3.5 miles of pristine coastline, the Historic District first developed as a South Seas movie set due to its seclusion and tropical aura. The community thrived and became beloved for its relaxed, friendly atmosphere and picturesque landscape; and in 1979, the Crystal Cove State Park Historic District was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. 

Built as a seaside colony in the 1930’s & ‘40’s, Crystal Cove endures as a magical escape for visitors who appreciate the opportunity to experience California’s natural and architectural beauty, untouched by time.

Thanks to the efforts of the Crystal Cove Alliance, all of the original cottages are still standing today – spared from the hands of developers. Twenty-one cottages have already been authentically restored to reflect the era between 1935 and 1955, when the Cove evolved as a community.

We invite you to experience the magic of Crystal Cove as it existed in the 1930s to ‘50s with a stay in one of fourteen (14) Individual or three(3) Dorm-Style Cottages. Located directly on the beach or overlooking the seaside from a bluff top, each cottage has been painstakingly restored and furnished to recreate Crystal Cove’s unique vintage beach culture and rustic ambiance. Reservations are available year-round.

Crystal Cove Alliance (CCA), a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization, is the official concessionaire for Crystal Cove Beach Cottages and non-profit partner with California State Parks. CCA has played an integral part in the preservation and restoration of the cottages. As a non-profit public benefit organization, CCA remains dedicated to raising the funds necessary to restore the remaining 17 cottages in Phases III. We look forward to their restoration, preservation and public use, but it cannot be done without your assistance!

For more information about Crystal Cove Alliance and how you can help us restore the remaining Crystal Cove Beach Cottages, click on the ABOUT US section of this site.




SC Times

Up the coast, the Crystal Cove State Park Historic District offers a reprieve from everyday life and a look back in time.

Less than 20 miles from San Clemente, up the twisting Pacific Coast Highway, you can step back in time to a preserved sliver of California coastal history. To a three-mile stretch of beach that looks today

nearly the same way it did nearly a century ago. To the remnants of a unique community cobbled together out of the flotsam of the film industry and the jetsam of Poseidon’s pantry. And you don’t need a time machine to get there, either. ...
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Photography by
J. Christopher Launi