Crystal Cove State Beach
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Step back in time to 1920's beach life
A beautiful state park beach with historic restored cottages from the 1920's and 1930's that can be rented. The cottages were originally built by friends and employees of James Irvine II, the owner of the Irvine Ranch (which became the city of Irvine and much of Laguna, etc). The cottages, and a small restaurant, called the Beachcomber, are right on the sand, and the area was a little beach vacation community for many years. Crystal Cove has long been a source of inspiration for plein air painters, a type of landscape painting that originated in France. Early plein air painters documented Orange County’s coastline, and Crystal Cove, in particular, with their paintings.
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