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lots of gravel!

found a couple agates and lots of green jade like stones. if you like searching for agates and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Trish R
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Portland, Oregon, United States
Coastal hike

We followed the trail. Its pretty easy. Along the coast and you can go down the beach. Some parts... read more

Reviewed 3 May 2018
nmcc10
,
Pleasanton, California
via mobile
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Charming and natural beach.
  • Excellent59%
  • Very good28%
  • Average11%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“nice beach” (22 reviews)
“tide pools” (18 reviews)
“colored rocks” (5 reviews)
LOCATION
San Simeon, CA 93452
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"nice beach"
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"tide pools"
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"colored rocks"
in 5 reviews
"wooden walkway"
in 9 reviews
"during low tide"
in 4 reviews
"pretty beach"
in 4 reviews
"sea glass"
in 4 reviews
"central california"
in 4 reviews
"board walk"
in 5 reviews
"walking path"
in 4 reviews
"great walk"
in 4 reviews
"harbor seals"
in 6 reviews
"hearst castle"
in 13 reviews
"elephant seals"
in 4 reviews
"cambria"
in 33 reviews
"pebbles"
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"moonstone"
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Reviewed 1 week ago

found a couple agates and lots of green jade like stones. if you like searching for agates and other stones this beach was fun!

Thank Trish R
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Reviewed 3 May 2018 via mobile

We followed the trail. Its pretty easy. Along the coast and you can go down the beach. Some parts along the inn and restaurants Some are along residential beach houses. Go to Moonstone Beach Bar & Grill after.

2  Thank nmcc10
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Reviewed 2 May 2018

Didn't think you could reply find Moonstones on the beach with all the human traffic it gets but, lo and behold, I walked to the waters edge and spotted a fine specimen within 5 minutes of hitting the beach!

1  Thank O7161YNstevej
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Reviewed 30 April 2018

First start by learning about "moonstones" because you will learn that there are differences. My kids have spent lots of time in the past, as have I, on this beach. Cambria is my first love on the beautiful Central Coast of CA. and Moonstone Beach...More

Thank robbiei468
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Reviewed 2 April 2018

We love to walk and Moonstone beach is a great place to walk in any kind of weather! Walk on the beach or the board walk!

Thank DonHalazon
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Reviewed 12 March 2018 via mobile

Moonstone Beach is a wonderful location along California’s Central Coast that offers wide beach (coarse sand and pebbles mixed) & a boardwalk up above that allows for ease of exploration.

1  Thank Bruce S
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Reviewed 14 February 2018 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.

2  Thank sassieone
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Reviewed 13 February 2018

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
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Reviewed 22 January 2018

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
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Reviewed 16 January 2018

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
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gilcastle
1 May 2018|
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Response from robbiei468 | Reviewed this property |
I would guess that Bruce is probably correct. I actually quit hunting the stones quite some time ago and go down now just to be at water's edge where I have enjoyed this area for so long. Have fun.
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lavinia123
3 March 2018|
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Response from Michelle B | Reviewed this property |
I've never seen glass stones on the beach, but I've seen round tumbled-type stones at the very most north end. Follow the boardwalk north, it will end very close to a cement boat ramp. At the bottom of the boat ramp, you can... More
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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
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