What To Do

San Simeon offers a variety of activities, tours, and sightseeing locations for visitors to enjoy during their stay at one of the most beautiful destinations along the Central Coast.

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Big Sur National Scenic Byway

Travel the route that hugs the California coast, providing access to austere, windswept cypress trees, fog-shrouded cliffs and the crashing surf of the Pacific Ocean. Views include rugged canyons, towering redwoods, sea lions, and other marine life.

Biking

Every bike ride in San Simeon is a memorable journey for avid riders and beginning bicyclists alike.

Boating

Set sail in San Simeon to explore an entirely different side of the town.

Camping

Home to two campgrounds — San Simeon Creek Campground and Washburn Primitive Campground. The 541-acre San Simeon State Park boasts a diverse terrain that ranges from serene coastal settings to stately pine forest surroundings.

Cliffside Trail

The Ragged Point Inn and Resort is located at the northernmost corner of San Luis Obispo County, 18 miles north of Hearst Castle on Highway 1, at the base of the Big Sur National Scenic Byway.

Cycling

Whether you like to race, mountain bike or just cruise and admire the scenery, you’ll find a bike path to enjoy!

Fishing

Fishing in San Simeon is about more than what you catch. It’s about standing above the water, soaking in pristine ocean views and reveling in a fishing experience that is uniquely San Simeon and unlike anything else in the world.

Hiking

Whether your preferred hike involves a view of the coastline, country or mountains, you will have no problem finding a path that matches your skill level and desired scenery.

Kayaking

Go out and explore the wonders of the Central Coast from the best seat in the house, your kayak!

Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary

Also known as the “Serengeti of the Sea,” the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary is one of the top wildlife viewing sites in the world. The 276-mile stretch is home to some of the Pacific Ocean’s diverse inhabitants that migrate up and down the sanctuary, allowing them to be spotted easily. Some of the sanctuary’s...

Pacific Valley Bluff Trail

Highway 1 is most famous for its coastal views, so you'll definitely want to take the chance to hop out of your car and stroll along the Pacific Valley Bluff Trail.

Paso Wine Country

Halfway between the two main California metropolises of Los Angeles and San Francisco is Paso Robles Wine Country.

Piedras Blancas Motel

Piedras Blancas Motel is a vintage roadside motel-and-diner complex located along the Central Coast of California approximately seven miles north of the historic village of San Simeon.

Point Sur Lightstation

Point Sur Lighthouse and its supporting lightstation buildings, now a California State Historic Park, stand atop a dramatic volcanic rock just offshore in Big Sur, California.

Salmon Creek Falls

Salmon Creek Falls is a natural, beautiful waterfall found on the Big Sur Pacific Coast Highway 1 located 3 miles north of Ragged Point Inn.

San Carpoforo Creek

The San Carpoforo Creek Beach Access is the northernmost portion of the state-owned properties in Hearst San Simeon State Park.

San Simeon Bay Pier

Before the advent of the railroad and easily traversed highways, most of the commerce in central California was conducted by ship and piers and wharfs were vitally important.

From the Blog

Seaside Wineries of San Simeon

When most visitors ask locals about San Simeon, it’s usually regarding Hearst Castle, elephant seals or beaches. Many are surprised to discover some of California’s best wineries are in and around this gorgeous coastal stretch. Read More >

The Secret Tours of Hearst Castle

Hearst Castle is the ultimate celebrity magnet, drawing guests such as Winston Churchill and Howard Hughes. Likewise, current celebrities such as Lady Gaga, who recently filmed her “G.U.Y.” video, are seen there. In 1958, the Hearst Corporation generously donated the estate to California State Parks, which recently created a series of insider tours. Read More >