I grew up visiting the beaches in Monterey, CA and always swore my favorite beach was there until a few years ago. In 2009 my parents moved from Northern California to Southern California and lived in Orange County near Crystal Cove Beach. Every time I came to visit over the next two years we went to that particular beach (they only lived there for two years before they came back to good old Sacramento). This beach quickly became my favorite in California. It is such a beautiful, quiet beach with trails for running and biking and for some reason the weather always seems to be perfect there. I love having my parents only a 30 minute drive away but I really miss having a place to stay right near by favorite beach. Here are some of the photos I took while they lived there, although this was before I had my Canon so they aren’t my best! The photo above is my favorite of them all.