Why You'll Love This Place
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Want to treat yourself and your guests to a quintessential Southern California "endless summer" experience? Well, raise the martini flag—as well as your expectations of a really great time—and invite them to an event staged right on the beach at historic Crystal Cove Park, one of the Newport coast's most celebrated sites. This is the place for the classic Southern California beach wedding or party at its best. We're talking anything from gowns and tuxedos to bikinis and board shorts—whatever you envision, it will look amazing with the foaming surf and the scintillating sun close at hand.
Run by Beachcomber Catering, experts in coastal entertaining, festivities here unfold in with energy and ease. There are adorable and affordable settings for every kind of affair. A host of tiny cottages and event sites dot the property, all offering varying degrees of privacy and communal activity.
The Beaches Cottage, with its sand-strewn terrace and white picket fence a mere 20 yards from the Pacific, is about as picturesque as you can get. This was the set for the Bette Midler movie, Beaches, as well as a long list of other films over the decades. Exchange vows on the inviting blanket of sand out front, then pop around the fence for cocktails, dinner, cake, and a big dose of charm.
The park-like Commons has cute and quirky surfside event areas, as well as marvelous ocean and creek views—Trancos Creek meets the sea here. Not far from the Commons, the Beach Promenade provides a gorgeous sandy stretch for a ceremony, cocktail hour and dining. Imagine a clambake…a luau…a fiesta with mariachis or a romantic tiki-lit banquet with the sea murmuring nearby. Wine tasting, food stations, cracked crab and buckets of ice-cold beer, lobster steamed to perfection, sushi platters, margaritas and mini-ahi tacos, surf and turf extravaganzas—your options are practically unlimited. The dedicated Beachcomber Catering team will turn your vision into reality by delivering excellent service, incorporating fresh local products, and customizing every aspect of your event.
Of course you might want to hang out above it all. If that's the case, plan to party up at the Cultural Center Cottage with its expansive deck—it's a heavenly perch designed with elegant entertaining in mind and overlooking exhilarating views of the ocean.
Whatever venue you ultimately choose, we're certain that when your celebration is over you (and some of your guests!) may not want to leave this seductive seaside location. No worries. Just slip off your sandals and stay awhile at one of the many cottages at your disposal. Then take a little time to unwind and explore the coast. You'll soon discover what's made Crystal Cove a popular destination since the 1930s, and why people who arrive as visitors soon turn into devoted fans.
Video by Wanderland Media.
50% off all site fees November–March!
Prices: What's this going to cost?
South & North Beach | $500 (unavailable Labor Day–Memorial Day)
Educational Commons | $1,450
The Beach Promenade | $1,500
The Beaches Cottage #13 | $1,800
Cultural Center Deck & Cottage #34 | $2,750
Crystal Cove State Park special events also require a $50 application fee and a State Monitor fee of $105/hour with a 4-hour minimum.
Meals (when priced separately)
Buffet, plated, and stations-style menus are available. Beverage packages are priced separately and range $30-45/person for a 3-hour hosted bar.
Service Charge or Gratuity
|Meetings||Total meeting capacity for this venue is 30.|
CEREMONY & EVENT/RECEPTION CAPACITY: The site can accommodate up to 150 seated or standing guests outdoors.
MEETING CAPACITY: Meetings spaces hold up to 30 seated guests.
- Outdoor Ceremony
- Wedding Receptions
- Outdoor Reception
- Elopement Packages
- Small Wedding
- Rehearsal Dinner
- Special Events / Parties
- Business Functions / Meetings
- On-Site Accommodations
$$ • $$$
BYO with corkage fee
Some BYO wine & sparking may be permitted with a $30/bottle fee.
Year-round, daily, 8am–10pm. Beach ceremonies are unavailable Labor Day–Memorial Day.
Buildings, other structures, and natural settings available at this venue:
- Beach Wedding Ceremony
- Beach / Ocean
Peep the views you’ll enjoy from this venue!
- Ocean / Bay
Services & Amenities
Feel like a VIP with these services and amenities:
Kitchen Facilities: fully equipped
Tables & Chairs: provided
Linens, Silver, etc.: provided
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Area: provided
Bride’s Dressing Area: yes
AV/Meeting Equipment: CBA
Parking: large lot
Accommodations: 24 cottages
Outdoor Night Lighting: CBA
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: BBQ on site
View: Pacific Ocean
Other: in-house florals, off-premise catering
But take note of the following limitations!
Alcohol: full in-house bar
Smoking: designated areas only
Music: amplified OK outdoors with restrictions
Wheelchair Access: yes
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