COVID-19 Updates for San Simeon Travelers

San Simeon is excited to welcome visitors back to our coastal getaway. With COVID-19 conditions improving statewide, public health officials lifted the Stay at Home Order and all counties have returned to the rules and framework of the Blueprint for a Safer Economy. San Luis Obispo County is currently in the Orange TierPlease continue to do your part in slowing the spread of COVID-19 by wearing a face mask, maintaining distance from others and frequently washing your hands. When you are ready to travel, San Simeon is eager to welcome you back. 

Hearst Castle State Park Remains Closed

The safety of our visitors, staff and volunteers is a top priority. California State Parks, in support of San Luis Obispo County public health officials to contain the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), is taking precautionary measures at Hearst San Simeon State Historical Monument (Hearst Castle) and will close effective immediately. All planned tours have been suspended and full refunds will be given. Hearst Castle’s visitor center, including food service and gift shop, and theater will also close to the public. Tour reservation holders have been contacted via email for refunds. We thank you for your patience, trust and continued support. We’d also like to thank our volunteers and staff for their commitment and dedication as public servants through these challenging circumstances. For the most up-to-date Hearst Castle information, please continue to follow us on Facebook.

Piedras Blancas Light Station Reopens for Self-Guided Tours

The Piedras Blancas Light Station is reopening for self-guided tours beginning for 2021. The tours are available on Saturdays only, from 10:00am - 12:00pm. Reservations are required and can be booked online here: For any questions, please contact or call (805) 927-7361.
Mask and social distance from others are required during the tour. The Light Station is following all Covid-19 safety procedures to ensure a safe, wonderful experience.

Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal Rookery is Open

While docents from Friends of the Elephant Seal are not at the Piedras Blancas Rookery during this time, the rookery remains open to the public for safe, physically distanced viewing.

Friends of the Elephant Seal Gift Shop is Open

The Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop is open to the public Thursday through Monday, 10AM - 2PM (closed Tuesday and Wednesday). Social distancing and masks are required, hand sanitizer and contactless checkout provided.

Hearst San Simeon Campgrounds are Open

With the Regional Stay at Home Order lifted, State Parks is reopening campground sites for existing reservation holders. The department will be using a phased approach to reopen other campground sites for new reservations, starting January 28. The public is advised that not all campground sites are open to the public due to the pandemic, wildfire impacts and other issues. Additionally, group campsites remain closed. Day use outdoor areas of park units currently open to the public remain open. For more information, please visit the California State Parks website.

San Simeon Chamber Visitors Center Closure

The San Simeon Chamber Visitors Center will be closed until further notice. We understand that this is a very important time for visitors to obtain timely and accurate information and take this action seriously. We must also be supportive of the National effort to avoid close interactions and ensure the safety and health of the numerous volunteers who graciously donate their time and effort for the visitors to our area. Thank you for your continued efforts and the time you devote to serving the needs of our communities' visitors. We look forward to welcoming you back in the near future and until then ask that you respect the social distancing directions and stay healthy and well.

Coastal Discovery Center Closure

As a precautionary measure, the Coastal Discovery Center is currently closed to the public. For additional information and updates, please visit Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary website.

Eroica California Postponed to 2022

Eroica California has been postponed to 2022 to protect the participants, visitors and locals of Cambria, Cayucos and San Simeon against the risk of a resurgence of the pandemic. For more info, please visit Eroica's website.

California State Parks Announces Steps to Reduce Crowds at State Parks to Help Slow Down the Spread of Coronavirus

As the State of California continues to issue guidance on preparing and protecting Californians from COVID-19, California State Parks is monitoring the situation and implementing safety measures to prevent employees, volunteers, partners and the public from exposure to the pandemic disease. Visit the State Parks Resource Center for updates.

Open and Safe Toolkit for Chamber Members

Visit SLO CAL has created an Open and Safe Toolkit which includes flyers, social media banners and profile picture frames, to help our partners communicate with guests the health and safety precautions your businesses are taking to keep everyone safe and healthy. Incorporate the attached items as you best see fit to support your business.