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William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach

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Best at Sunset...

The wide, sandy beach edges are along a protected cove on both sides of the San Simeon Pier. Enjoy... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
State Park Beach

This is a pleasent state-operated beach. Amenities are basic, and the main attraction is the pier... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
San Diego, California
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750 Hearst Castle Rd, San Simeon, CA 93452-9740
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All reviews beautiful beach discovery center rent kayaks picnic area walked out pretty beach state beach william randolph castle tour low tide few hours great stop pier hearst ocean fishing stroll
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Reviewed 2 days ago

The wide, sandy beach edges are along a protected cove on both sides of the San Simeon Pier. Enjoy the pier, picnic areas and beautiful Pacific Ocean.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank 2TravelersMn
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a pleasent state-operated beach. Amenities are basic, and the main attraction is the pier built by Hearst to support building his castle. Good place for a picnic, or to decompress after visiting the castle.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 12 December 2018

If you're driving south on the Pacific Coast Highway just south of Piedras Blancas you will see the Hearst Castle up on the mountain. Instead turn the other way down to the ocean and you will find this pretty little beach. On a sunny November...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank jfarlam
Reviewed 12 December 2018

Love this beach. Usually quiet with few crowds. It's sheltered so the ocean break is small and you can get out in a kayak. There is also a nice hike out to the point and it's dog friendly.

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank Peter R
Reviewed 23 November 2018 via mobile

Just across the street from Hearst Castle is this State Beach with a nice beautiful beach, nice pier, and lots of picnic tables. Great stop on your drive on Highway One for a break.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank travelinm2014
Reviewed 1 September 2018

There is a lot of seaweed in the water; water is not too warm; beach is not too nice... I do not recommend it as a BEACH... but the view is nice... ;-)

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank MarcinDrP
Reviewed 11 August 2018

I visited this spot 3 times in a week, it is very good for many activities and reasons. The pier was a wonderful place to watch sea birds and seals too. There were people fishing, and lots of children doing their Junior Ranger programs learning...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank CTBCalifornia
Reviewed 26 July 2018

Just a beach with a pier, few people fishing. Free Parking available onsite. Walked the pier and relaxed a bit before our Castle tour. Nice and peaceful

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank NYJewel18kt
Reviewed 23 July 2018

We stopped for the rest rooms, but walked out on the Hearst Pier. This State Beach has a large, grassy picnic area.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Bob S
Reviewed 19 June 2018 via mobile

Nice place for lunch, taking a walk on the pier or beach. Plenty of parking and it’s all at no cost.

Date of experience: June 2018
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Jerry S
24 August 2015|
Response from Gabby92399 | Reviewed this property |
Although we didn't use the trail, Jerry we did visit the beach and everything appeared open. The only things closed were the restrooms. They had been replaced by portable potties, by executive order, due to the drought.