The Central Coast Sights

William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach

  • 750 Hearst Castle Rd. Map It
  • San Simeon
  • Beach–Sight

Published 07/06/2016

Fodor's Review

This wide, sandy beach edges a protected cove on both sides of San Simeon Pier. Fish from the pier or from a charter boat, picnic and barbecue on the bluffs, or boogie board or bodysurf the relatively gentle waves. In summer you can rent a kayak and paddle out into the bay for close encounters with marine life and sea caves. The NOAA Coastal Discovery Center, next to the parking lot, has interactive exhibits and hosts educational activities and events. Amenities: food and drink; parking; toilets; water sports. Best for: sunset; swimming; walking.

Sight Information


750 Hearst Castle Rd., off Hwy. 1, west of Hearst Castle entrance, San Simeon, California, 93452, United States

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805-927–2020; 805-927–6575-Coastal Discovery Center

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Published 07/06/2016


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