Crystal Cove State Park RV & Campground Guide

California

Crystal Cove State Park

is located in Newport Beach, California. It features 3 miles of beaches and tide pools, a 1,400-acre marine conservation area and underwater park, 400 acres of bluffs, and 2,400 acres of canyons, making it one of the most scenic state parks within the region. The hottest month in Crystal Cove State Park Beach is September, with daytime temperatures averaging 73.4°F. January is the coolest month in the state park, with the daytime average temperature at 57.2°F. With such a warm climate, visitors can expect to partake in a number of fun outdoor activities year-round.

Crystal Cove State Park is also home to many species of wildlife; most commonly birds and reptiles. Over 180 different species of birds can be observed in the area and there are also approximately 26 registered reptiles that call the park home. From wildlife watching to hiking, camping, swimming, and so much more – keep reading to find out everything you need to know before visiting Crystal Cove State Park.

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Weather
Spring 45-70 F
Summer 56-79 F
Fall 46-77 F
Winter 41-66 F
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Nearby Cities
Newport Beach, CA
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Crystal Cove State Park

Forget tent camping - when it comes to experiencing this state park in style, don’t settle for anything less than the glamping that an RV provides. Not only will you have a comfortable bed to come home to after a long day out on the hiking trails, but a fully-stocked kitchen and private bathroom will certainly go a long way in keeping you comfortable during your stay. If you don’t own an RV, you can rent an RV from RVshare.com to suit your budget, location, and more. Plus, all rentals come with nationwide insurance, 24/7 roadside assistance, and a world-class team dedicated to helping you succeed.

Crystal Cove State Park is home to Moro Campground, containing 58 family campsites (28 of which are designed for RVs and trailers). This popular park can fill-up quickly, however, there are also other RV parks and campgrounds within the region that we can recommend.

Sunset Vista RV Park

Just 12.3 miles from the state park is Sunset Vista RV Park, which offers stunning beach views and is within walking distance to a number of great bars, clubs, and restaurants. Prices start at $60 per night (excluding a $10 processing fee).

  • Water hookup: yes
  • Electrical hookup: yes
  • Sewer hookup: no
  • Wifi: no
  • Pet-friendly: yes
  • Other amenities: fire rings, dump station.

Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort & Marina

Newport Dunes has been named one of the Top Destinations for RV Vacationers and one of the Top 10 Best Luxury RV Resorts in the U.S. Here, you’ll find 372 Newport Beach campsites, accommodating a wide array of RVs, trailers, and camping options. Rates start from $67.00 per night.

  • Water hookup: yes
  • Electrical hookup: yes
  • Sewer hookup: yes
  • Wifi: yes
  • Pet-friendly: yes
  • Other amenities: dog park, fire pits, clubhouse, outdoor cinema, laundry facility, boat launch, swimming pool, spa.

Live Oak Grove Campground

Live Oak Grove Campground is located in the Caspers Wilderness Park and features 42 camp spots, as well as restrooms and showers. Here, visitors will love fun, in-park activities, including horseback riding, hiking, mountain biking, and more. Parking fees start from $3 per day.

  • Water hookup: no
  • Electrical hookup: yes
  • Sewer hookup: no
  • Wifi: no
  • Pet-friendly: no
  • Other amenities: picnic tables, BBQs, fire rings, restrooms, showers.

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What to Do at
Crystal Cove State Park

Inside Crystal Cove State Park

At Crystal Cove State Park, there’s something for every type of visitor – whether it’s picnicking, wildlife viewing, swimming, or exploring the region’s seemingly endless trails. You won’t want to waste your precious time spent at Crystal Cove, so we’ve rounded-up the state park’s most popular activities below.

Hiking: The backcountry and wilderness areas offer 18 miles of hiking trails through 2,400 acres of native wilderness, so when it comes to choosing a trail, you’re certainly spoilt for choice. For an easy walk, trek out to Moro Canyon. For something more strenuous, you’ll love exploring the ‘Perimeter of the Park’ trail. View the full list of trails here.

Tidepool Exploration: The state park also has some wonderful tide pools to explore, each home to creatures such as periwinkle snails, sea anemone, California sea hare, octopus, starfish, and more. Just be sure to familiarise yourself with tidepool rules and regulations first.

Swimming and Surfing: The state park is home to 3 miles of pristine beaches and the best swimming areas include Muddy Creek, El Moro, Historic District, 3.5 Cove, and Middle of Treasure Cove. Surfing, body surfing, and diving are also activities you can partake in. View this guide for more information.

Bicycling: Bicycles are allowed on paved roads and mountain bikes are allowed in the backcountry (before dark). Keep in mind that anyone under 18 must wear a helmet.

Outside Crystal Cove State Park

Crystal Cove State Park is part of Orange County, one of California’s most iconic destinations. This means that there’s a wide variety of popular destinations on your doorstep, including theme parks, famous landmarks, award-winning eateries, or celebrated shopping strips. While there’s certainly a lot of activities on offer inside of the park, it’s what’s available outside of the park that will have you wanting to stay an extra week!

Restaurants

The Beachcomber

Situated by the beach in a converted cottage is The Beachcomber, a very popular seaside destination for Californian favorites and hearty breakfasts. They even do a daily “martini flag raising”, as well as Happy Hour. It’s the perfect place to sit back and relax.

Type: Bistro and bar

Location: Newport Coast, CA

Javier's Restaurant

Fancy some upmarket Mexican food served with a long list of margaritas? Javier’s Restaurant has a tropical setting and features favorites such as enchiladas, quesadillas, tacos, and so much more. 

Type: Mexican

Location: Newport Beach, CA

Crystal Cove Shake Shack

If you’re after comfort food, shakes, and other delicious treats, then the Crystal Cove Shake Shack is for you. It’s a 40’s-style chain diner just 1.8 miles from the state park and is well-known for its traditional breakfasts, not to mention the wonderful view.

Type: Diner

Location: Newport Beach, CA

Shopping

Irvine Spectrum Center

With over 8,000 great reviews and counting, the Irvine Spectrum Center certainly has a lot of hype surrounding it. When it comes to shopping, dining, and entertainment, this is the perfect place to spend your day at. Plus, if you get bored window shopping, you can always check out a live show or enjoy the giant wheel or carousel on-site.

Location: Irvine, CA

Fashion Island

If you love your high-end fashion (or have a fashionista in your midst), then Fashion Island is the place to be. Plus, if you get tired of shopping, there’s a number of delicious food and beverage shops to help you recharge.

Location: Newport Beach, CA

Sightseeing

Disneyland Park

It just wouldn’t be a visit to California if you didn’t enjoy a fun day at Disneyland! Located just a one-hour-drive from the state park, this is the only theme park designed and built to completion under the direct supervision of Walt Disney. 1-Day Regular Park Hopper Tickets start at  $179.

Location: Anaheim, CA

Mission San Juan Capistrano

Mission San Juan Capistrano is a historic landmark and museum founded over 200 years ago. Known as “the Birthplace of Orange County”, it welcomes over 300,000 visitors each year. Here, you can enjoy one-of-a-kind artefacts, treasures and paintings, stunning gardens, exhibitions, hands-on activities, summer concerts, and so much more. General admission starts from $7.

Location: San Juan Capistrano, CA

Balboa Island

Just a 20-minute drive from Crystal Cove State Park is Balboa Island. This island destination has beach-focused activities, dining and shops and can only be reached by bridge or ferry. 

Location: Newport Beach, CA

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How to Get to
Crystal Cove State Park

The park is located off Pacific Coast Highway between Corona del Mar and Laguna Beach, California with easy access from I-5, 405 and 73. Pacific Coast Highway, Route 1, passes directly by the Park.

Entering Crystal Cove State Park

The park opens at 6am and closes at sunset with the exception of the Historic District which closes at 10pm.

Daily : $15

If you’re planning a trip to Crystal Cove State Park, then you sure are in for a treat. Once you’ve finished exploring all that the park has to offer, check out the incredible opportunities waiting for you outside of its gates! During or after your stay, we encourage you to tag us in any of your social media posts, or why not share your photos and experience with us at [email protected]? We may even feature your story on our blog or social media channels. Happy camping!