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Head to California’s Orange County coast for a classic beach-cottage vacation.

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Crystal Cove visitor's center
Photographer Shelley Metcalf

Paradise Preserved

Sleep in: Crystal Cove State Park; crystalcovestatepark.com. Crystal Cove Beach Cottages; crystalcovebeachcottages.org. Cottage rates start at $165 for four people; dorm-style lodging rates start at $60 for two people. Cabins may be booked six months in advance. New reservations are available the first of each month at 8 a.m. You must register with ReserveAmerica for reservations; 800/444-7275 or reserveamerica.com.

Local hangouts: Ruby’s Shake Shack, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily during the summer; 949/464-0100. Beachcomber Café, 7 a.m. until 10 p.m. daily; 949/376-6900 or thebeachcombercafe.com.

How to help: For more information, to order a copy of Crystal Cove Cottages: Islands in Time on the California Coast ($35), or to become a member of the Crystal Cove Alliance, call 949/376-6200 or visit crystalcovealliance.org.

(Published July/August 2007)

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