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The Best Hearst Castle San Simeon Area Beaches; Barbecue, Picnic, Play or just Stroll next to the Beautiful Pacific Ocean...

One of the best assets of this area is its beaches, To have a really great Hearst Castle Country vacation you will want get out of your car and mingle with the great outdoors; here on this web page are all the close by beaches and a wealth of information about them to help you enjoy of the California Coast and Hearst Castle Country; beaches to the north of the Hearst Castle Visitors Center.

GO TO: Morro Strand Beach
GO TO: Beach at Morro Rock
GO TO: Sandspit Beach and Sand Dunes
GO TO: Hazard Canyon Beach
GO TO: Montaña De Oro
GO TO: Avila Beach
GO TO: Pismo Beach
GO TO: Ragged Point Inn Private Beach
GO TO: San Carpoforo Creek Beach
GO TO: Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal Rookery Viewpoint
GO TO: Piedras Blancas Motel Beach
GO TO: Arroyo Laguna Beach
GO TO: W. R. Hearst Memorial Beach
GO TO: Pico Creek Beach
GO TO: San Simeon Creek State Beach
GO TO: Leffingwell Landing
GO TO: Moonstone Beach Ocean View Boardwalk
GO TO: Shamel Community Park Beach (Santa Rosa Creek Beach)
GO TO: Fiscalini Ranch Preserve Bluff-top Boardwalk
GO TO: Harmony Headlands State Park Beach
GO TO: Estero Bluffs State Park Beach
GO TO: Cayucos Beach

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The Best Beaches Near Hearst Castle in SLO County, romantic sunset strolls, family ocean-side fun and more ...

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Photograph of the famous Morro Rock and fishing boats in the colorful Pacific Sunset; click for a larger  photo of this breathtaking colorful sunset over the rock and harbor of Morro Bay California.
Famous for its rock and harbor the wonderful California town of Morro Bay also has the best beach in the area.

The beaches of Morro Bay have everything you could hope for and more (except public barbecue pits or stands): miles of expansive fine white sand on the beach and extending into a dunes environment, a gradual slope making it perfect for the kids to play in the waves, seasonal lifeguards, surf breaks that are even good sometimes, restrooms and an outdoor shower, a scenic wheelchair friendly cement walkway, more than ample parking, you can fish or there is a children’s playground and picnic area, there is even a beachside campground. The main access and biggest parking is by the “rock” but there is also access and parking in several other places including through the dunes at the end of Embarcadero, past the high school on Atascadero Rd/Embarcadero, from trails that start at Cloisters Community Park, at Morro Strand State Park (take Yerba Buena/Beachcomber St exit, off PCH) and North Point Natural Area off Torro Ln. The soft white sand beach is so expansive that it runs all the way from Hazard Canyon to Cayucos.

GET UP AND GO!: The beach listings on this page are getting far away from Hearst Castle but each has such unique inviting features that I thought they should considered in your Hearst Castle vacation planning; they might even be along your way and there are so many other attractions in these areas that might make them worth the drive for you. Like eating, you won’t find any fresher tasty seafood than are offered in the coastal communities like Morro Bay, Avila and Pismo Beach; Morro Bay has great fast food establishments too which are mostly lacking in the northwest county. There are unique art galleries, celebratory events and the list goes on and on…many reasons to venture away from San Simeon and San Simeon for some adventure and sightseeing.

Photograph of a campsite at Morro Strand State Beach; click for a file showing the complete photo of this campsite at a Morro Bay California Beach.
Location location location, the campsites at Morro Strand State Beach aren't fancy but few campgrounds get this close to the sea.
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Morro Strand California State Beach Campground:
long expansive fine white sand beach and dunes at the very north end of Morro Bay off PCH 1, exit Yerba Buena/Beachcomber St, slight left onto Trinidad St which turns to Oceanside Dr., stop at kiosk
Facilities: 90 simple campsites with picnic tables and fire pits, shared potable water spigots and restrooms with flush toilets and sinks with running water but without showers; paved parking spots right on the beach (morons from Sacramento have been trying to close this one but the idiots won’t succeed; if they should lock the gate I suggest you should go occupy it anyway)
NOTE: the information on this page is concerned mostly with beaches, not mentioned in these listings is Morro Bay State Park which is actually on the tidal lagoon, it has no real ocean frontage but it has many fun things to offer, great camping, scenic hiking, bird watching, kayaking, golf, a nice natural history museum and more…

N35°24.11 W120°52.06
north end of Morro Bay, CA

Picnic/Hiking/Camping Page Website
CA Gov Website
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Beach at Morro Rock State Preserve...
a.k.a. Morro Beach, Morro Rock Beach or City Beach:

huge fine white sand beach which stretches inland into a dunes environment and south to Cayucos; Sandspit south of harbor entrance has white sand beach and sand dunes for miles
Facilities/Activities: extra large red-rock parking lot, restrooms with outdoor showers, seasonal lifeguards, no picnic tables right on the beach but nearby Coleman Park has swings and restrooms, as well as some picnic tables, surfing can be good on both the north side of the rock and south of the mouth of the bay near the Sandspit, kite surfing and flying are popular sports here too...not mentioning the Mothers Beach, No Name Beach, Morro Bay harbor or Morro Bay State Park or the tidal flats or estuary those are other MB stories...

N35°22.23 W120°51.88
Coleman Drive
by the Rock, Morro Bay, CA

City of MB Morro Rock Beach Website
Official City of Morro Bay Website

Sandspit Beach:
huge fine white sand beach which stretches from Hazard Canyon to Morro Bay and inland into massive sand dunes environment crisscrossed with miles of hiking trails
Facilities: paved parking, picnic tables, water, restrooms

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N35°18.02 W120°52.33
south of 2828 Pecho Valley Rd, Los Osos, CA

Montaña de Oro Site
CCRP Ariel Photos

Hazard Canyon Beach:
soft white sandy beaches to the north rocky points and beaches to the south; pullouts in the eucalyptus groves off Pecho Valley Rd and a short hike to this popular “secret” surf spot, rocky coast to the south good for tide pools and rockfish, sand to the south for play
Facilities: none, dirt pullouts on Pecho Valley Rd, dirt foot path to the beach

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N35°17.40 W120°53.02
south of 2828 Pecho Valley Rd, Los Osos, CA

Picnic/Hiking/Camping Page
Montaña de Oro Site

Spooners Cove, Montaña de Oro State Park:
an off the beaten path jewel in the rough with no highways close; smooth gravel at Spooners Cove most of the park has rocky shores
Facilities/Activities: picnic tables by the cove, camping and restrooms beyond the old ranch house, lots of scenic trails throughout this 8000 + acre park, one trail includes a 1,347 foot mountain to climb

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N35°16.50 W120°53.27
Pecho Valley Road 5.5 Miles
to Los Osos 93402

Picnic/Hiking/Camping Page
Montaña de Oro Site

Avila Beach :
Avila Beach is a community like no other and especially unique in this area; it has a microclimate that where it actually gets warm and sunny enough to lay around and tan or comfortable play in the surf. The beach is long with soft white sand and lots of amenities to improve your visit; if you go you may just want to stay.
Facilities/Activities: restrooms with outdoor showers, kid friendly, playground toys like swings, 3 piers, an aquarium, a pirate theme playground closest harbor to city of San Luis Obispo, restaurants, bars, resorts, hot springs, gift and souvenir shopping, camping, hiking and biking trails, golf, boat launch, charter boats, fishing gear and sporting goods sales and rentals, a lighthouse, near by fruit vendors and family farms and more…
YAHOO TRAVEL recently included Avila in the article 4 Beach Towns That Are California’s Best Kept Secrets.

N35°10.83 W120°44.15
1 San Juan Street
Avila Beach, CA 93424
about 3 miles off Highway 101;
11 Mi. south of San Luis Obispo

Avila Beach Camping Page
Avila Beach Hiking Page
Official Website
Port of San Luis Official Website
CCRP Ariel Photos

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Pismo Beach/Grover Beach/Oceano:
The small towns of Pismo Beach, Grover Beach, and Oceano have grown so that there borders are blurred and they have many things in common like prime California recreational beach frontage and a dedication to sharing all things these good beach/ocean things with visitors from everywhere; it’s like the “happiest place on earth” beach style. So much enjoyable ocean-side recreation in one small area; the only beach in California where you can drive vehicles and put up a camp right on the beach; the surf is good, the sand is good, the camping is good, the golf is good, you can ride a horse on it, you can fly in a biplane above it, you can eat, drink and shop ocean-side style and the list goes on and on…
Facilities/Activities: humongous pier, miles of white sand beaches and large areas of huge sand dunes, beach wheelchairs, drive vehicles on beach and sand dunes, camp right on beach, horseback riding, biplane rides, monarch butterfly grove, artworks, gift and souvenir shopping, restaurants, nightlife, Melodrama, campgrounds, private resorts, two state parks and more…

N35°08.33 W120°38.58
100 Pomeroy Ave
Pismo Beach, CA 93449

Pismo Coast Village RV Resort
Pismo Beach SP Website
Oceano Dunes SVRA--CA SP
Official Pismo Beach Website
Pismo Beach Oceano Dunes Map
CCRP Ariel Pismo Pier Photo

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