Explore tidal pools at Crystal Cove State Park

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Buffered from the Pacific Coast Highway by wild woodlands, bluffs and canyons, this stunning five km stretch of beach is perfect for families hoping to beachcomb, swim, laze about in the dunes or poke through dozens of tidal pools. Although you're near one of the most densely populated areas in the United States, you'll feel like you're on the lip of rugged wilderness.

Pack a picnic and make a day of it, or have a meal at the Beachcomber Cafe where the sunsets never fail to provoke "oohs" and "aahs" from all. Even kids.

Age group: age 2 and up