San Simeon, California

San Simeon Pier photos below show a wood structure that enjoys pristine ocean views near Hearst Castle attraction, one of the most popular attractions in all of California.

This small town is steeped in history relating to Hearst Castle.  San Simeon has a state park and state beach located directly below Hearst Castle, which is operated by the California State Park system. The 1,000 foot-long fishing pier and crescent shaped beach of William R. Hearst Memorial State Beach offers a family picnic area with a grassy lawn on a hill above the beach.  The facility measures only 2 acres but is a beautiful spot with a protected cove perfect for relaxing and swimming. 


San Simeon State Park, about two miles from San Simeon Creek, is a great place to hike and observe nature. San Simeon Creek has 134 camp sites for tents and RV's. 


san simeon historic building

Sebastian's General Store started aboard the brigantine sailing ship Ayachuchio under the command of Scottish whaling captain John Wilson, sailing between Peru, the Sandwich Island and California. In 1852 Wilson purchased one of seven licenses issued by San Luis Obsipo county and built the store which has been bought and sold several times since then.  Recently renovated, Sebastian's is a gift store with unique items and includes a coffee/tea house.


Located next to the store is a house previously used as a B&B. It is now the homestead of the owner of the renovated Sebastian's. Not as old as the store, it was built in 1949.  Sebastian's Store,  442 SLO San Simeon Road (805) 927-4217  located across Highway 1 from the Hearst Castle. 


If you'd like to stay in San Simeon, the prettiest hotel in town is located right on the beach. Check out Best Western Cavalier Resort. If they are booked, other nearby cities to check include Cambria and Morro Bay.


Hearst Castle Tour Information

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