The park features three miles of Pacific coastline, plus wooded canyons, open bluffs, and offshore waters designated as an underwater park. Crystal Cove is not just used by people who enjoy water related activities, such as swimming, surfing, sunbathing, scuba and skin diving, but also people who like to fish, mountain bike and hike.
Crystal Cove State Park offers 3.5 miles of coastline in its natural state. Parking is plentiful with 3 parking lots on the Pacific Coast Hwy between Corona Del Mar and Laguna Beach. The offshore waters are designated as an underwater park with excellent conditions for scuba and skin divers. The beach is popular with swimmers and surfers. Visitors can explore tidepools and sandy coves or stroll the length of the beach.
Beach Access is available at these points:
Reef Point - A popular beach access is from Reef Point parking lot. There are three access points to the beach. A quarter mile multi-use trail travels to the north and descends down to the beach at 3.5 Cove. A stairway delivers you to the popular Scotchman's Cove and to the south, a ramp travels down to Muddy Creek, an excellent body surfing area.
Pelican Point - There are four bluff top parking lots, with access points to the beach. Next to each parking lot, there are restroom facilities some with outdoor showers. A one mile multi-use trail parallels the coast line that offers a view of the coastal bluff vegetation and wildlife.
Los Trancos - This parking lot is available for access to the Historic District. There is a tunnel under Pacific Coast Highway to view the Crystal Cove Cottage, as well as a pedestrian crosswalk at the Los Trancos signal light.