EXPLORING CALIFORNIA’S CENTRAL COAST

EXPLORE THE BEACHES OF CALIFORNIA’S CENTRAL COAST

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A stunning stretch of coastline, the Central California Coast offers some of the most scenic views and unique beaches in the world

WILLIAM R. HEARST MEMORIAL STATE BEACH

William R. Hearst Memorial State Beach is a family-friendly beach with 24 picnic sites and barbecue grills. The beach offers kayak and boogie board rentals and is easily accessible with plenty of parking. Featuring a protected cove, this popular beach is great for swimming, fishing, sunbathing, and beachcombing.

SAN SIMEON CITY BEACH

Easily accessible, the San Simeon City Beach is well-known to locals but a hidden gem for tourists. Spanning the waterfront of San Simeon, the beach is a great place for a casual stroll to watch the sunset. Walking paths meander along the coast, and there’s a hiking trail that heads into Hearst San Simeon State Park.

SAN SIMEON CREEK BEACH

Located at the mouth of San Simeon Creek, San Simeon Creek Beach is a wide sandy beach with dunes, wetlands, and driftwood and is a popular place for birdwatching. A wooden boardwalk traverses through the wetlands. Hiking trails encompass the campgrounds at this beach, which is part of the Hearst San Simeon State Park.

ARROYO DE LA CRUZ BEACH

A scenic sandy beach just south of Point Sierra Nevada, only three miles from Piedras Blancas Light Station. Hidden from the highway, this beach isn’t as busy or well known as the others and can be a trick to find. Just off shore is La Cruz Rock, which is typically always covered in birds. Getting to this beach required a short walk along a double-track trail that heads north.

MOONSTONE BEACH

Featuring a one-mile boardwalk, Moonstone Beach traverses through scenic terrain along the coast between Cambria and Leffingwell Landing. A great spot for sightseeing, whale watching, and bird watching the casual path features an abundance of wooden benches. The family-friendly beach also has tide pools perfect for beach combing and hunting for sea shells.

SAN CARPOFORO CREEK BEACH

A popular beach for surfers, San Carpoforo Creek Beach picks up all swells at any tide. The beach connects with San Carpoforo Creek and reaches Ragged Point Beach at the southern end. A lesser-known spot, the beach is wide and sandy and is at the northernmost point of Hearst San Simeon State Park.

LITTLE PICO CREEK BEACH

A hidden enclave, Little Pico Creek Beach is a bit of a walk down a rocky path which leads to a wide sandy beach. There is no signage signaling the beach, but it’s about a mile and a half north of San Simeon just past the bridge over Highway 1. This beach is secluded and rocky and is a great spot for A quiet and relaxing stroll.

POINT SIERRA NEVADA DUNES BEACH

A private and somewhat secluded beach it’s great for beachcombing and has a tide pool area for exploring. There’s no official access to the beach, but it’s accessible from Highway 1 along a trail that ends up in a wooden pedestrian opening.

OTHER BEACHES

The Central Coast is home to dozens of wonderful beaches, and many of them are just minutes from the Cavalier Oceanfront Hotel. However, if you feel like exploring beyond the local area, there are several great beaches within a short 15 to 20-minute drive, like Cayucos Beach, Morro Strand State Beach (North Beach and South Beach), Toro Creek Beach, and Morro Rock City Beach.


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