Crescent Bay Point Park#8 in Best Things To Do in Laguna Beach
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Laguna is known for its beautiful coastal parks, and Crescent Bay Point Park is one of the city's most popular. Located just a mile south of Crystal Cove State Park, Crescent Bay Point Park is much smaller than the neighboring Heisler Park but still stuns with its incredible views of the ocean. From its lookout point, you see up and down the impressive coastline, complete with cascading hillsides and craggy cliffsides as far as the eye can see. The park itself features grassy areas, benches and lookout points that, should you come during whale watching season, might enable you to spot migrating marine life from afar.
Another perk of Crescent Bay Point Park is that it is a short walking distance from Crescent Bay Beach, a relatively small shoreline that is flanked by pretty bluffs on either side. Here you can find tide pools at low tide as well as diving opportunities. Swimming here, however, isn't advised due to dangerous riptides and strong currents. Travelers who visited both the park and the beach found the overall setting to be incredibly awe-inspiring. Recent visitors suggested really taking in the scenery and if you have time, consider having a picnic or staying long enough to watch the sunset.
Crescent Bay Point Park and Crescent Bay Beach don't have any set hours of operation or an entrance fee. The only parking available is street parking, as the park is located in a residential neighborhood. For more information, head to the Laguna Beach tourism board's website.
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#1 Crystal Cove State Park
Crystal Cove State Park is one of the largest beaches you'll find in the greater Laguna Beach area. The shore measures 3.2 miles long, affording plenty of space for both lounging in the sand as well as long walks. The reason for this is that unlike all the other beaches in Laguna Beach, the beach at Crystal Cove State Park isn't in an enclosed cove. Rather, the beach is backed by seemingly endless bluffs that give way to 2,400 acres of backcountry woodland.
This section of the park features 15-plus miles of hiking trails that take visitors inland into the park's canyon and up and down pathways that afford beautiful views of the ocean. A good introduction to Crystal Cove's backcountry is the Moro Canyon trail. The trail is 3 miles out and back, but if you cut along the connected East Cut Across Trail down Moro Ridge, you'll eventually hit the coast following the Moro Ridge trail. It's important to know that no matter where you hike in the park, you may encounter wildlife, including snakes and bobcats. Stay on marked trails, don't mess with the environment and remain alert.
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