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“Nice Views of Coastline ”
Review of Moonstone Beach

Ranked #5 of 16 things to do in San Simeon
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Owner description: Charming and natural beach.
Reviewed 21 August 2017 via mobile

Good place to stop when traveling up the coastline to Big Sur. Parking area @ Moonstone Beach Drive has a panoramic view of Moonstone Beach. However we didn't see any of those colored stones there. Not sure if you need to stop at another part of Moonstone Beach or if they only wash onto shore certain times of the year. If traveling though and want to see them, stop @ an information center and find out. A little secret not many people know about is along Moonstone Beach Drive, just about a quarter mile north of the parking area you can see harbor seals sunning themselves on the rocks. Just park along the road and walk down. They will do some very cute poses for you. We were here before, 20 years ago and saw them that time also.

Thank Marlin M
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Reviewed 19 August 2017 via mobile

Moonstone beach is a nice place to while away a few minutes before or after you visit Hearst Castle. I think there are better beaches elsewhere along the coast if you want to spend a day by the sea.

Thank Adam-Rye-UK
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Reviewed 18 August 2017

I visited Moonstone beach in August 2017 with my parents on our Highway 1 road trip. We stayed the night at San Simeon and this was the first stop on the itinerary on our way south. The morning sunlight was so perfect, and the misty ocean and low population gave the beach a fairytale mystic feel. I would love to go back to this place again, for sure!

Thank Shibani K
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Reviewed 18 August 2017

The boardwalk on this beach is just wonderful. You can walk for as long as you want and there are stairs for you to use to get down to the beach in several spots. In addition, there is parking in the street and in a couple of parking areas. BE SURE you head down and walk along the sand and into the tide pools. The rocks you will find are just amazing!! You can collect whatever you can carry away in a bag or bucket (just no wheelbarrows!) A very fun experience for all ages.

Thank lmadbigbear
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Reviewed 9 August 2017

they build wood walkpaths and going down the beach is easy. The tide pools are fun, lots of little things, hermit crabs to see

Thank kbui12
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