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This is why I honeymooned here in 1989

Take a lovely beach of colored stones with a path that goes up the nearly cliffs with killer ocean... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
A Rockhound's Paradise

If you like picking up rocks or little bits of glass on the beach (like I do), then boy are you... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Renee S
Lambertville, New Jersey
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Charming and natural beach.
  • Excellent58%
  • Very good28%
  • Average12%
  • Poor1%
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“nice beach” (21 reviews)
“tide pools” (21 reviews)
San Simeon, CA 93452
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Take a lovely beach of colored stones with a path that goes up the nearly cliffs with killer ocean views. Just behind this "park" there are small family run California seaside "motels". No high rises. Cute town with some great restaurants. Heavenly place to stay...More

Thank Adventure_Debi
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you like picking up rocks or little bits of glass on the beach (like I do), then boy are you going to *love* the action at Moonstone Beach. I stuffed my pockets full of pebbles until Dirk dragged me away. Seriously, I filled a...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I honestly had no idea what I was supposed to be looking for because I didn't research moonstones prior to my visit. We found a lot of beautiful little rocks in a wide variety of colors, though no moon stones. The beach area is clean...More

Thank Nicole A
Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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...More

Thank Marlin M
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
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...More

Thank Shibani K
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...More

Thank lmadbigbear
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
Reviewed 9 August 2017 via mobile

The "pebble sand" is something cool & different to see. Not as exciting as we anticipated, but kids enjoyed collecting rocks and sticks & digging in the sand. Parking is up near the road and I recommend shoes for getting down to the shore. It...More

Thank katemotz
Reviewed 31 July 2017 via mobile

I do love a good beachcombing day! Fun to walk from one end of Moonstone Beach to the other at low tide. As for finding the elusive Moonstone, I spent 3-3 hour days combing the shoreline and found 3 small nuggets the last day. People...More

Thank Rebecca R
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11 October 2016|
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Response from ce781 | Reviewed this property |
You can order advance tickets online at Hearst Castle website- very easy to do.
27 July 2016|
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Response from Kevin M | Reviewed this property |
Take the Pacific Coast Highway for some of the most stunning views of the pacific.Take a boat ride out to the Channel Islands National Park.
21 May 2015|
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Response from hmmbirdpat | Reviewed this property |
All of the above answers have given you the information you want. Yes, dogs are allowed.