There are countless ways to explore San Simeon’s Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Here are five ways to get you started on your coastal adventure.
Stroll the Tide Pools
At low tides, climb the rocky reefs of San Simeon Beach or Pico Creek Beach and observe the saltwater habitats. Be on the lookout for mussels, crabs, anemones, snails, and even colorful starfish during the early mornings and afternoons. Exploring the tide pools are a great family activity.
Become a Beachcomber
Sink your feet into some of San Simeon’s sandy beaches for a scenic walk or a fun day in the sun. The locals love San Simeon’s beaches for the scenery, sea glass collection and picnics along the bluffs. Popular beaches include W.R. Hearst Memorial State Beach, Moonstone Beach, Pico Creek, Arroyo Laguna, Ragged Point Beach, Hearst San Simeon State Beach and Leffingwell Point.
Hike The Bluffs
From rolling hills to rocky bluffs, San Simeon’s trails offer a variety of terrain to see the coastal views. Ranging from easy to difficult, there’s a trail for every hiker. Some local favorite trials include Pacific Valley Bluff Trail, Cliffside Trail, Boucher Trail at Piedras Blancas, Junge Ranch Trail, San Carpoforo Creek Trailhead and San Simeon Point Trail. For more information of San Simeon’s great hikes, read more.