Burnett Peak

Burnett
Peak

5 miles from San Simeon

Tide Pools

See San Simeon’s Sea Life

Find saltwater mussels hiding among the rocks, discover vibrant starfish making their way along stretches of sandbars, or simply watch the sea anemone ebb and flow with the tide. No matter what you’re looking for, San Simeon Beach’s tide pools are teaming with plenty of sea life to observe and explore.

Getting Here
Located off Highway 1, directly across the street from the entrance to Hearst Castle, San Simeon Beach is easily accessible by car. Find a spot in the parking lot, and head to the beach at low tide—in the early afternoons and early mornings. Don’t forget to pack a picnic, there are plenty of benches available.

California Tide Pools iPhone App
Walk along the beach and explore the amazing tide pools with the California Tide Pools app, featuring photos, scientific names, fun facts and more about the diverse sea creatures you’ll be able to find at low tide.
Download California Tide Pools app from iTunes