The Historic District


About the Historic District

The Crystal Cove Historic District is a 12.3-acre coastal portion of the 2,791-acre Crystal Cove State Park. The federally listed Historic District is an enclave of 46 vintage rustic coastal cottages originally built as a seaside colony in the 1930’s & ‘40’s and nestled around the mouth of Los Trancos Creek. It is one of the last remaining examples of early 20th century Southern California coastal development.

California State Parks and the Crystal Cove Conservancy has completed Phases I and II of restoration in the Historic District, which provide cottages for visitor services, educational and community programs, a restaurant, and 21 cottages for overnight use by the public. For more information on how you can get involved with protecting this treasured “Oasis in Time” please contact

Cottages available for overnight rental include studios, one- and two-bedroom houses, and hostel-style dormitories. Prices for overnight rentals have been kept as low as possible to provide this fabulous beach experience to as many Californians as possible. For more information about overnight cottage rentals see The cottages opened for overnight lodging in June 2006. Reservations for stays up to seven months in advance are obtained through ReserveCalifornia.

Also available in the Historic District is the Beachcomber Café, a restored beachfront cottage, offering a relaxed dining atmosphere with spectacular ocean views and a quality menu for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

For more information see

For a map of the Historic District, click here.

To see our interactive Crystal Cove Cottages Virtual Experience click here


Crystal Cove State Park “An Island In Time” by Joan Irvine Smith click here.


Coastal Commission Approves the Final Phase of Cottage Restoration