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Set along more than three miles of pristine shoreline within a spectacular state park, the historic Crystal Cove Beach Cottages offer a trip back to California's golden past. The Callahan family of Ladera Ranch rented one of the simple, restored private cottages for a weekend and found themselves transported to the 1950s, the seaside colony's heyday. "There's no TV or Internet, so it's easy to unplug and relax into the laid-back vibe," says mom Stephanie. "Our kids spent their days bodysurfing and examining sea stars, hermit crabs, and sea urchins in the tide pools. From our deck at sunset, we watched dolphins play in the waves and pelicans dive for their dinner." Nightly rates $162 to $249; cottages book seven months in advance.
Originally published in the August 2013 issue of FamilyFun magazine.
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