Sandy Beaches. Crashing Waves.
Wild and rugged, the beaches of San Simeon have spent centuries being carved by the crashing waves of the Pacific. Unspoiled, uninhabited and completely intact, San Simeon’s beaches are among the most beautiful in all of California.
Piedras Blancas Beach
Currently home to more than 15,000 northern elephant seals, the Piedras Blancas Beach is a world-famous attraction, drawing visitors from all over. Closed to foot traffic, this beach and its grand, wild inhabitants are still a can’t-miss sight when visiting the area.
For more information about the elephant seals of Piedras Blancas Beach, discover the wonder of the Piedras Blancas rookery.
William R. Hearst Memorial State Beach
From fishing on the 1,000-foot wood pier to hiking along sandy stretches of the shore, swimming in the summer sun to surfing the winter waves, this protected cove offers a rich array of aquatic adventure and activity all year long. Picnic tables can be found here, along with restrooms, water faucets, grills, and a kayak and boogie board concession for equipment rental.
Located directly across California Highway 1 from Hearst Castle, find a parking space amid the 150-spot parking lot and spend the day enjoying the sights, sounds and fun of San Simeon’s most famous beach.
Wind your way down the steep trail to discover a true hidden gem in San Simeon—Jade Cove. Located off of Highway 1, look for the Jade Cove sign and park in the nearest parking lot. Use caution getting to the beach, which may not be accessible to those needing assistance with walking or climbing. Once on the beach, comb the sand for emerald green jade pieces and marvel at the cove’s natural beauty.
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