Campground Review: Crystal Cove State Park, Newport Beach, California

Campground Review: Crystal Cove State Park, Newport Beach, California

Why we chose here?:  We had wanted to stay at this park for a while, but never were buttoned up enough to get a reservation.  We happened upon a cancellation in the Airstream group we met at Santee Lakes over the holidays and so jumped at the oceanside spot. 

Location: I am not sure it gets much better than this. The campground is graded on a bluff overlooking the ocean. Pretty much everyone has a view of the Pacific. You can walk to local restaurants, to the beach and to the Crystal Cove historic district. Then state park itself has backcountry trails and a paved trail along the bluffs.  

Sites: There are 57 sites,half have water and electric.  The sites are very large, with a lot of room at the back of the site for sipping a beverage and watching the sun go down over the ocean. There is a picnic table at every site, but no fires at this park

Facilities:  There is a dump station on site, modern restrooms and showers. 

Groceries: Trader Joes is less than a mile away. You are in a major metropolitan area so there is no shortage of good food options here. 

Reservations:  Yes, at weekends they are a must. 

Cell Coverage / WiFi: Good AT&T and Verizon.  There are actually towers at the park behind the visitor center. 

Price Paid: Winter Rates: $55 for hookups, $35 for dry.  

Date of visit: Jan 2015

Other: The length of rig allowed here is limited, and they seem quite strict about it. Check before you come. 

Would we come here again? Absolutely definitely. I would go for dry camping to save some money next time.  I would also like to come mid week so the park is less crowded. 

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