11 Jan Newport Beach Visitor’s Guide
Blending the principles of preserved natural beauty with contemporary architecture, defines this picturesque area of Newport Coast perfectly. Located at the southernmost tip of Newport Beach, you’ll find Newport Coast and the newest urban developments in the city—including the ultra-luxurious The Resort at Pelican Hill perched above 500 acres on the Newport Coast, a shopping plaza with an ocean view, an array of world-class restaurants, and championship golf course — ranked the No. 1 Golf Resort in the World by Condé Nast Traveler — with views of the Pacific from nearly every one of the 36 holes.
Across the way you’ll be pleasantly surprised to find an entirely different community taking you back to the bygone days of California. The Crystal Cove State Park is comprised of 3.5 miles of pristine uninterrupted coastline, favored by hikers, campers and trailblazers. The Crystal Cove Historic District is an enclave of 46 vintage rustic coastal cottages originally built in the 1920s and 1930s nestled around the mouth of Los Trancos Creek. It is one of the last remaining examples of early 20th century Southern California coastal development.
The Crystal Cove beach cottages are located right on the sand and available for visitors to rent. The only caveat in booking a reservation is they fill up quickly and require being booked six months ahead. Stop in at the popular beachfront Beachcomber Cafe at Crystal Cove and join them daily at 5 pm and again at sunset as they play Reveille and salute the martini flag.