Staying on the Beach for a Song in Newport Beach, California
In a whopping victory for everyman, the residents of Crystal Cove, a historic beach enclave near Newport Beach, fought off resort developers who would have demolished the 1920s community. Although they still had to move out, these cliff-dwellers convinced the state parks system to rehabilitate the cottages and make them available to the public. Their success is a win for you. For between $30 and $200, stay overnight in an oceanfront cottage; stroll six miles of dramatic, cliff-facing beaches; and dine al fresco on the sand. To put things in perspective, the summertime price for a room with a queen bed at nearby Montage Laguna Beach starts at $895.