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Great Walk!

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

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
DonHalazon
,
Seattle
Beautiful setting!

Moonstone Beach is a wonderful location along California’s Central Coast that offers wide beach... read more

Reviewed March 13, 2018
Bruce S
,
Longmont, Colorado
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Charming and natural beach.
  • Excellent58%
  • Very good27%
  • Average12%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travelers 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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"wooden walkway"
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"during low tide"
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"pretty beach"
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"sea glass"
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"central california"
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"board walk"
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"walking path"
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"great walk"
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"harbor seals"
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"hearst castle"
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"elephant seals"
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"cambria"
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 March 13, 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 February 14, 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 February 14, 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 January 22, 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 January 16, 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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Reviewed January 4, 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
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Reviewed December 30, 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

3  Thank Livesbythec
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Reviewed December 16, 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
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Reviewed November 26, 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
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lavinia123
March 3, 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
September 29, 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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Tina85379
October 11, 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.
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