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William Randolph Hearst State Beach - California Beaches

San Simeon--William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach is a beautiful beach within view of the Hearst Castle tourist attraction.  The beach is ideal for fishing, swimming, surfing, kayaking and bird watching.

Surfers can be seen lugging their surfboards to and from their cars to the beach next to the San Simeon pier.

For those seeking a day of fun, there are picnic tables and charcoal grills (bring your own charcoal) for barbecues. A parking lot is set on beach level and an additional lot is located at the bluff for those who prefer a close location to their picnic enjoyment. William Randolph Hearst Memorial State Beach offers pier fishing (fishing licenses are not required when fishing from the pier but limits are enforced) and deep-sea fishing from chartered boats, ocean kayaking, picnic tables, barbecue grills and restrooms.

This day use area offers 24 picnic sites, 150 parking spaces, restrooms, water faucets, barbecue grill stands and easy beach access. Recreational activities include picnicking, swimming, fishing, boating, kayaking and sunbathing. There is a kayak and boogie board concession in operation with equipment for rent.  The beach is located directly across Highway One from the Hearst Castle.

Hearst Castle is located on California Highway 1, about halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles. Driving time from either city is four to six hours, depending on traffic and road conditions.

San Simeon's summer temperatures range from the high 50s to low 90s, while winter ranges between the low 40s and high 60s. During the winter months fog is common along the coast, but normally burns off by late morning. However, a sweatshirt or sweater and light windbreaker can greatly increase the comfort level on foggy mornings and cool evenings.