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A day at the beach

Beautiful and secluded. Tide pools were awesome. Peace and serenity at its finest. One of the best... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Las Vegas, Nevada
via mobile
Beautiful beach!

This beach is really charming and overall, a beautiful representation of what you expect a... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Krystal H
Oak Harbor, Washington
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Charming and natural beach.
  • Excellent58%
  • Very good27%
  • Average12%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“nice beach” (22 reviews)
“tide pools” (17 reviews)
San Simeon, CA 93452
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Beautiful and secluded. Tide pools were awesome. Peace and serenity at its finest. One of the best beaches in San Simeon. A must see.

Thank sassieone
Reviewed 4 days ago

This beach is really charming and overall, a beautiful representation of what you expect a California beach to be. It is NOT pet friendly, other than the boardwalk area of it. Beautiful place to watch the sunset.

Thank Krystal H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Not dog friendly, you can only walk your dog on leash on walkway not allowed on beach even on leash. Amazing views.

Thank Teresa T
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A beautiful, peaceful, and scenic stretch of the pacific coast that is far less crowded than home (Santa Cruz). Beautiful picnic areas and walking path.

Thank Mike V
Reviewed 4 January 2018

We walk our dogs along the wooden-built trail along the top of the beach area. It's just so beautiful here. We have driven into this place, and we have also stayed in one of the hotels on the row. Moonstone beach has beautiful sand-washed pebbles...More

Thank Michelle B
Reviewed 30 December 2017

Nice long stretch of beach with great views, but the beach, stones and shells look no different to anything else I have seen up and down the coast of CA. My daughter was slightly disappointed, she is an avid shell and rock fan. If you...More

2  Thank Livesbythec
Reviewed 16 December 2017

I took some nice photos, there is a boardwalk to the beach. Most importantly there is wide open coastal access and the mcmansions are back from the street.... I didn't see the many stones for which the beach is famous, but there is a nice...More

Thank Auntie-Nanuuq
Reviewed 26 November 2017 via mobile

If you go during low tide you can find gorgeous rocks, shells, and driftwood on this beach. It isn't too crowded. A lovely place to walk or sit and contemplate life.

Thank vcal2011
Reviewed 12 November 2017

I love stopping by this beach for a little unwinding from the stresses of the world. The area is often pretty empty, so you get a great experience connecting with nature. Lots of birds, beautiful blue colors, and gorgeous crazy colorful stones to massage your...More

1  Thank TravelinDSR
Reviewed 9 November 2017

Beautiful place tucked away along the coastal road from Cambria to San Simeon. Accessible beach and plenty of space to roam.

Thank alcor1922
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Stef G
29 September 2017|
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Response from Gary_Val_AZ | Reviewed this property |
I don't think you'd want to do that at right at Moonstone Beach. There is pretty high currents and undertow around the very rocky shoreline. Go a couple miles north to the beach located right by the Cavalier hotel. They... More
11 October 2016|
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Response from ce781 | Reviewed this property |
You can order advance tickets online at Hearst Castle website- very easy to do.
27 July 2016|
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Response from Kevin M | Reviewed this property |
Take the Pacific Coast Highway for some of the most stunning views of the pacific.Take a boat ride out to the Channel Islands National Park.