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The Crystal Cove Shake Shack – Newport Beach, CA

You’re driving along the Pacific Coast Highway, you expect to see breath-taking views of the oceans, as you do, when suddenly something pops out of nowhere and catches your eye: The Shake Shack.

If you’re driving down PCH heading South toward Laguna Beach, from Laguna Hills, you will drive along Crystal Cove State Beaches, and as your eyes are drawn to the ocean view, you can not miss this nifty little placed shack.  It is on a cliff over looking the beaches of Crystal Cove.

The Crystal Cove Shake Shack

The Crystal Cove Shake Shack

Just happening to come across this place my friend and I decided to stop and check it out.  Fickle in what type of shake I wanted to get, I went with a mixture of peanut butter and oreo flavors blended together.  With whip cream and a cherry on top… this was by far THE best shake I have ever had.  And it does not stop with my odd combination.  Upon my last visit I told my friend she was trying one of the shakes.  She got a strawberry and pineapple mixture, and would continuously tell me “this is so good, oh my gosh, this is so good.”

Funny story?: This little shake shack, is actually owned by Ruby’s.  Yup. That’s right.  So I have had shakes at Ruby’s before. Many different flavors.  And somehow they just never tasted as heavenly and perfectly as they do at this little shack on the cliff.  Maybe it’s the air up there.  Maybe it is the fact that is kind of secluded from everything else, so there is more of a personal touch to your items than the hustle ‘n bustle of the usual Ruby’s restaurant where they just dish them out.

Although named Ruby’s “Shake Shack”, you can get more than just shakes at this spot.  They have sandwiches, fries, smoothies, coffees; most of the smaller stuff you would be able to order from a Ruby’s walk-up window that you see on the piers of Orange County beaches.  So if shakes are not your thing, no worries.

And let’s not forget about the view…As soon as you step up, order, and pick up your order, step to your right and there is a little deck, and if you look over and below it, you will notice the beautiful beaches of Crystal Cove.  Some days the water is so, well, crystal blue, you can see how this beach got its name.  Perfect photo opportunity up here too, people.  And fittingly, this little shack, and I keep saying “this little shack” because this blue-trimmed, white building really is quite the small building, stays open until sundown.  So until you can not quite see the blue of the waters anymore, you are good to get that shake, or any snack you choose as well (although I highly recommend trying the shakes at least once), and sit and watch the sunset from this amazing location.

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