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William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach

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Address: 750 Hearst Castle Rd, San Simeon, CA 93452-9740
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Beautiful nature & walking trails along the coast

Came there the first really warm spring sunday. In march. People enjoying the facilities of the beach. Fixed barbecue places among other used of big family groups bringing their... read more

Reviewed 13 March 2017
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San Miguel de Sali
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Reviewed 13 March 2017

Came there the first really warm spring sunday. In march. People enjoying the facilities of the beach. Fixed barbecue places among other used of big family groups bringing their pivnic baskets. Nice walk on the long wooden pier sticking out in the ocean. Good walking trails in the big forest along the coast leading to rocks with colony of pelicans.

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Paso Robles, CA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 137 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 March 2017

The beach is in a somewhat protected cove, with minimal wave action - - great for kids to safely play in the surf. There is limited parking, which helps to control the crowds. Nearby hiking too. The pier is also an attraction. Kayak rentals off of the lower parking area.

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Northfield, New Hampshire
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Reviewed 17 February 2017 via mobile

Lots of snowy plovers, as well as terns, gulls and pelicans. With the stream bisecting the beach you get several habitat types.

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San Luis Obispo, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2017

Stroll out to the end of the small pier and you may see dolphins playing or during March/April/May, mama and baby gray whales journeying north. They often come into the cove to feed and I have had them rub their barnacle encrusted skin against the pier! Stroll the beach without hundreds of people around you. It is a California treasure.

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Fort Myers, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 December 2016

Lovely beach....looks like they rent kayaks but were not open when we were there. A long scenic pier to walk along. We walked the beach and found some great rocks....almost as good as Moonstone Beach!

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 October 2016

Lovely beach, good toilets. Lovely pier with fab views of gorgeous sunsets, amd lovely views of san simeon. Free car park

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Phoenix, AZ
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 October 2016

We stopped here after being told it was warmer for swimming in October. There were maybe 10 people on the beach when we were here on a Thursday afternoon. Pretty beach and nice pier for walking.

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Urbana, Illinois
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Reviewed 25 September 2016

We stopped here to have our picnic lunch in a scenic location. Walked out on the pier and got great views looking back at the coastline. The Hearst castle is very visible from the pier, especially with binoculars. You can rent kayaks on the beach below, and people were fishing as well. But the crowning glory of this park was... More 

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Larkspur, Colorado
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Reviewed 20 September 2016

This was a nice, rock beach in the old town of San Simeon which was very quaint. Explore the beach as well as the little town and take a walk back in time. The beach was beautiful with lots of ice plant in bloom.

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Reviewed 14 September 2016 via mobile

Beach was very pretty. Did not go to the Hearst house would have been $75 each for the 3 tours. No way to see how a robber baron lived and towered over the working class of people. Sorry just won't add to the problem.

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