Crystal Cove. Newport Coast, California

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On August 14, 1927 The Los Angeles Examiner wrote, “On the Coast Highway between Balboa and Laguna is a bathing resort that has the atmosphere of a South Sea atoll with thatched huts and long-fronded palms.”

Originally settled over 10,000 years ago by the Tongva and Acjachemen native Americans, Crystal Cove State Park evolved into an enclave of 46 vintage rustic coastal cottages originally built as a seaside colony in the 1930’s & 40’s.

Today, the cottages are designated as a federally Historic District, with several restored and available to rent for an overnight stay.  The park includes 3.2 miles of beach, 2,400 acres of wilderness area with carefully maintained hiking trails and a protected offshore underwater area.

Photographs by Daniel Stiel.

 

Naples Island. Long Beach, California

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Long Beach was a popular getaway for Los Angelenos seeking to escape the inland summer heat in 1903 when Arthur Parson built the islands of Naples in the marshy Bixby Slough at the mouth of the San Gabriel River in Long Beach, California. The design was inspired by the canals and gondolas of the “Venice of America” community developed by Abbot Kinney near Santa Monica to the north.

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Completed in the 1920s, it was severely damaged by the 1933 Long Beach earthquake, but survived to become a jewel of the coast.

Photographs by Daniel Stiel.