Moro Campground, Crystal Cove State Park, Laguna, California

This beautiful bluff-top campground is a newer addition to the California State Park system. Previously a privately owned trailer park, this section of the park was converted to a campground offering 60 sites in 2011. The campground overlooks the Pacific and we were pleasantly surprised that every site has a striking, expansive ocean view. Of the sixty sites here, 30 offer electrical and water hookups exclusively for RVs, while the other half are "eco friendly, low impact" sites, as they refer to them, for tents. The RV sites are higher up on the bluff and further away from Pacific Coast Highway, offering a quieter sleep, however the noise of PCH on the lower sites enjoy the sound of breaking waves. Site pads are hard packed dirt, wide and offer a nice patio area where a picnic table is provided. There are no
wood or charcoal fires permitted here due to the dry hills behind and adjacent to camp. Small native shrubbery has been strategically placed by state park officials and offers a fair amount of privacy between sites.
An abundance of activities await campers here including: mountain/trail biking, hiking trails, a Visitor's Center, Outdoor Nature Center, group and day use picnic areas and of course, the beach. A steep but short walk takes you from the bluff to the beach through a tunnel under PCH. The beach is clean, beautiful, and just a quarter mile or so down the beach, a ramp can be found that takes you up onto the boardwalk/bike path that runs adjacent to PCH. Along this bike path you will find The Shake Shack and the coveted Crystal Cove Cottages. Lots of historical sites await you here. The cottages, some built as early as the 1920's, are a sight to see and are slowly being renovated and are for rent through the state park system. A gift shop, the Beachcomber Café, Bootlegger Bar, small visitor's center and historical exhibits offer history and entertainment. We chose to forego the ramp from the beach to the bike path and instead walked the mile or so to enjoy lunch at the Beachcomber Café and explore Crystal Cove. The walk was beautiful and tide pools stretch along most of the walk. We spotted probably 40 starfish, a couple of keyhole limpets, several sea hares and thousands of sea anemones. We were pleased to see State Park Officials at the tide pools to not only help you identify various tide pool animals, but to also help keep the sea life in its place and free from poachers. Overall, this campground offers so much for visitor's to explore, you will need several days here. Reservations are recommended and sites fill rather quickly.

Best Sites: Any
Poor Sites: 16, 17, 45, 46
Hookups: Water and Electric at some sites
Potable Water: Yes
Dump Within Facility: Yes

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