Day Two: Water World
When you look down from Hearst Castle, built high on his “Enchanted Hill,” you can see why he and so many guests fell in love with the view. The sparkling blue Pacific Ocean, embraced by cliffs and hill, is stunning. Of course, no trip to San Simeon is complete without getting in the water.
Kayak San Simeon Cove
Enjoy sea kayaking at the southern end of the 60-mile stretch of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, the nation’s largest protected marine area. The tour takes place in the breath-taking natural harbor of San Simeon Cove, directly below Hearst Castle. After a brief instructional lesson on the beach, paddle the pristine waters as the abundant wildlife enchant you. As you float through their playground you will have opportunities to view all the wildlife. The Kayak Outfitters team grew up on the Central Coast and take great pride in sharing their love of the ocean.
Grab a bite at El Chorlito Mexican Restaurant. Indoor and ocean view patio seating with house specialties such as homemade vegetarian salsa, lamb shanks in a mild tomato sauce and their famous “Margaritas De Vino” made with Los Cabos Agave Especial Wine.
Clear your head and take in scenic views by fishing from shore:
Fish San Simeon
Located just off Highway 1, the William Randolph Hearst Memorial State Beach offers a public pier where anglers pull in barred surf, rainbow, rubberlip and walleye perch all year long. In addition to three kinds of croakers in late summer, without a fishing license.
Surf fishing is also permitted with a valid California fishing license, and we ask that you please refer to California Fish and Game regulations.
After a long day in the outdoors, freshen up the hotel and splurge on a gourmet dinner at Ragged Point Restaurant. Not to mention, the internationally renowned eatery offers spectacular sunset views from its floor-to-ceiling windows. Enjoy a seasonal California Cuisine menu that features vegetables, fruits, and herbs from their gardens, pork they raise, fresh-caught local seafood and regional wines.