Crystal Cove State Park Campground

Orange County

Crystal Cove Beach

Moro Beach at Crystal Cove State Park, CA

Moro Beach in Crystal Cove State Park

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  • Surfing on some of the best waves in California at places like San Onofre, Black's Beach, and Tourmaline
  • Excellent pier fishing for a wide variety of fish at spots like Imperial Beach, Ocean Beach, and San Clemente
  • Enjoying strolling along glistening sand and watching the sunset at beaches like Coronado, Del Mar, Laguna Beach, and Zuma
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  • Watch surfing competitions at Huntington Beach, Salt Creek, Oceanside, and Coronado
  • Attend the San Clemente Ocean Festival and the Carlsbad Beach Fest held in July

Moro Campground at Crystal Cove

Moro Campground in Crystal Cove State Park is located on a hillside overlooking the ocean, about a 10 minute walk from the beach. The state park is spread along 3.2 miles of coast between Laguna Beach and Newport Beach. Attractions at the state park include sandy Moro Beach, the historic district of vintage beach homes, and tide pools. Divers find plenty to explore in the waters, including the wreckage of a Corsair F4U.

Of the 57 campsites at Moro Campground, 27 are designated for RVs or trailers. They have water and electric hook-ups. The other 30 campsites are called low impact, which includes tents, soft-sided trailers, and van conversions. Be sure to read camping information for Crystal Cove shown below.

Campground Basics
Location: 8471 N. Coast Hwy., south of Corona del Mar
Campground Open: year-round
Number of Sites: 57
Max. People per Site: 8 (including children)
Vehicles per Site: 2 (one driven and one towed)
Pets: On leash, always attended
Information: (949) 494-3539

Reservations available up to 6 months in advance of arrival date
Maximum Vehicle Length: 38 feet
Accessible Sites: #12, 14, 25, 30, 45, 49, 58
Fees: Hook-up sites - $75 ($55 in winter)
Standard sites - $50 ($35 in winter)
Online Reservations at ReserveCalifornia: Crystal Cove State Park Campground Reservations
or call (800) 444-PARK (7275) between 8 AM and 6 PM
Check-out, Check-in: 1 PM, 3 PM

Crystal Cove State Park Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table; some sites with electric and water hook-ups
Campground: Restrooms with flush toilets, piped water
Showers: Hot showers
Dump Station: Yes
Campground Map: Crystal Cove State Park Campground Map
Nearby Attractions: Outdoor Nature Center, Moro Beach, hiking trails, historic beach cottages, offshore underwater park, tide pools, swimming, surfing, whale watching, scuba diving, Sherman Library & Gardens in Corona del Mar

ReserveCalifornia Reservations Tips

California State Parks' new reservation system - ReserveCalifornia - now allows campers "to make reservations 6 months to the day in advance of their arrival date." For example, on January 1 reservations can be made for stays beginning on July 1. In the past, reservations were released in one-month blocks. Now it is day by day. For months with fewer days than the month 6 months away, reservations for the remaining days will be released in a small cluster on the first of the next month. For example, on March 1 (because February is a short month) you can make reservations for stays beginning August 29-31. Read details at ReserveCalifornia.

General Camping Information for Crystal Cove

  1. All tents must be free standing with no stakes.
  2. No fires except self-contained, gas stoves or BBQs
  3. Vehicles must be parked on the pavement within the campsite area.
  4. Pets are not allowed on the beach. They must be in vehicle or tent at night.

Be careful when you make your reservation that your vehicles will fit within the space allowed at your site.

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