That pretty much sums up our latest 3-night, 2-day return trip to Crystal Cove State Park in May. We really like this place, despite the fact it’s a little pricey. The only reason we got to go to Crystal Cove this time is because someone cancelled his or her reservation and my wife happened to be on the booking site. It’s hard to reserve a site here, especially on weekends and holidays. Our campsite, #18, was on a bluff with a great view of the ocean. We got lots of exercise and I lost weight! Well, I really don’t know that because I didn’t weigh myself, but that’s the story I’m stickin’ with.
It was pretty warm inland so we were looking forward to camping at Crystal Cove State Park to cool down. This is one of our favorite beach area campgrounds because 1) all campsites have a view of the ocean 2) it is about 1 1/2 hours from home. Nice to be back and hear sounds of the crashing waves! We stayed for 3 nights, which gave us two full days to do things around the area.
On the 20th of August we returned to camp at San Mateo. This campground is one of my personal favorites for a couple reasons. During the spring the campground is surrounded by beautiful yellow flowers. But what I enjoy the most is that our campspot is right across from the Camp Pendleton Marine Base. This means that we get to watch some of their training, see some cool vehicles and even get a glimpse of the aircraft during their practice sessions.
A couple of times while staying at the Borrego Palm Canyon Campground in Anza Borrego State Park, we took day trips to the Salton Sea. The Salton Sea is a huge body of water about 32 miles east of the city of Borrego Springs. It is reported to be the largest lake in California with an average size of 15 miles by 35 miles. The picture above looks nice doesn’t it? Well … my daughter is standing on dead fish. The beach all around this huge lake is covered almost entirely with dead fish.
Crystal Cove, get it? Gem of a state park? Thanks folks I’m here all week.
The campground is Moro Campground in Crystal Cove State Park near Laguna, California. It sits high above beach level, which is just across highway 1, and sports spectacular ocean views. It’s very hard to book a spot here as it is a very popular campground. There are sites with water and electric (no sewer) and there are sites without any hookups at all. There is a dump station.