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Crystal Cove St. Park, Laguna Beach

Visitors head for the beach at Crystal Cove State Park. Few visit the park’s wilder inland side. (Allen J. Schaben / LAT)
The accommodations are not necessarily the height of luxury and the dining isn’t exactly Michelin-starred, but for less than $200 a night, you get a place on the water where time seems to stand still. It’s a time warp worth pursuing. (Allen J. Schaben / LAT)
Dan Atkinson, 25, foreground, of Newport Beach, and girlfriend Nicole Thursson, 22, of Long Beach, wait for a good wave while skim boarding at Crystal Cove State Park. (Allen J. Schaben / LAT)
A tour participant takes in the view from a 1938 brown shingle cottage. (Glenn Koenig / LAT)