Crystal Cove State Park – Corona Del Mar, CA

Feeling a bit nostalgic today, I thought I would share a little about Crystal Cove State Park in Corona Del Mar, CA.  We lived in CDM a couple of years ago before work took us to Nashville.  Crystal Cove is approximately 3.2 miles of beach and 2400 acres of undeveloped beach scrub right on the Pacific ocean between CDM and Laguna Beach.  The waters just offshore are designated as an underwater park and  it has towering kelp beds.  These beds break off from time to time and create kelp patties that float towards Catalina depending upon the wind and tides.  The fishing off of these patties is crazy good.

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One of the cool things about fishing in this area is that you never know what you’re going to catch.  We’ve had many 8-9 specie days.  Our buddy David Foster caught a Moray Eel above.

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The tidal pools in the park are also super cool at low tide.  Erin, the kids, and I used to spend hours exploring the small worlds of the tidal pools.  Matthew is is running down the beach towards 3rd break above.

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I snapped this picture of a bird down there one time, but I have no idea what it is.  I just thought it would make an okay picture.

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This is Erin and Meredith checking out a sandcastle.  Mer Mer absolutely loves the beach and had we lived there longer I am sure she would have developed a great love of surfing–we’ll have to get back to that at some point.

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My mom and Casey are sharing a moment on the bluff above the park above.

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Matthew and Casey are playing on the sandstone cliffs at China Cove.

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We had a pretty good view looking north a couple of blocks from our house.  This is Newport Harbor at sunset.

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One thought on “Crystal Cove State Park – Corona Del Mar, CA

  1. That looks like a lot of fun. I would have a ball there wit the camera. You have a lot of lovely family memories from this trip.

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