Dotted along one of the most beautiful stretches of California’s coast are the charming Crystal Cove Cottages.
The small village community was built in the 30s as a set for silent movies that “played” in the tropical destinations. The cottages have seen many owners come and go, but in ’79 the State of California purchased the land to preserve the bungalows and made it into a park, The Crystal Cove State Park.
Today most of the 24 cottages are restored and can be reserved. The design in the cottages is a mash-up of rustic and 50s vintage. Some of the cottages can be booked individually, and some are dorm-style rooms. The prices vary between $45 for dorm-style and $245 for individual cottages. If $245 sounds too much, those fit up to 8 people.
The whole setting looks like a vintage postcard dream. There are stairs built into the cliffs connecting the cabins, there is the Beachcomber restaurant for a nice dinner on the beach and of course, there is the wide sand beach. And since to so many people know about this precious spot, there are not so many people buzzing around.
We only can image how spectacular the sunsets must be here. So next time you are planning your visit, maybe you try out something more rustic and try to book your own cottage. And yes, as with many special national park places, they book out fast.
★Crystal Cove Beach Cottages
Crystal Cove State Park Historic District
#35 Crystal Cove
Newport Coast CA 92657