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San Simeon State Park

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We enjoyed our picnic on the beach and a walk on the pier. It had a clean bathroom and good... read more

Reviewed 23 June 2016
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Great camp ground clean and well maintained close to the beach only down side was no showeres but... read more

Reviewed 5 June 2016
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San Simeon Creek Road, San Simeon, CA 93428
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Reviewed 24 July 2016 via mobile

This beach has one of the longest, yet 'less busy' pier of any we visited. There were maybe 4 locals fishing off of it, beautiful place!

Date of experience: July 2016
1  Thank AprilT4917
Reviewed 14 July 2016

The location is beautiful but this campground was very disappointing. When we arrived to our campsite there was trash from the previous campers. I noticed that the camp host do not clean the campsites or fire rings. I'm not sure what they do since there...More

Date of experience: July 2016
1  Thank Nat M
Reviewed 6 July 2016

No water, no showers, and very basic campsite that is well overpriced, probably the worst campsite I've been to in many months of travelling, the surrounding scenery is fabulous and the area is a must but from a campsite with better facilities

Date of experience: July 2016
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Reviewed 23 June 2016 via mobile

We enjoyed our picnic on the beach and a walk on the pier. It had a clean bathroom and good parking. Such a lovely view and quiet spaces.

Date of experience: June 2016
1  Thank 269barbaras
Reviewed 17 June 2016

The campsites are fine. They are semi-private with a fire pit and a table. There was plenty of room for our 33-ft RV and tow vehicle. The campground is nice, but believe the reviews when they say this is primitive. No water, no electric, no...More

Date of experience: June 2016
2  Thank Terri Hennessy C
Reviewed 14 June 2016 via mobile

The location of the campground is great. It's across the street from the ocean, it's down the road from an elephant seal rookery, and very close to Hearst Castle. And there are a large number of campsites. But we stayed at other campsites during our...More

Date of experience: May 2016
1  Thank mamafox
Reviewed 8 June 2016 via mobile

The ideal location and used to be one of the best camping sites in California. Now with the drough and short sightes and incompetence of Politician,beauracrats that ruined this place. First impression or unimpressed when you get into the entrance that the Park is Full....More

Date of experience: June 2016
1  Thank worldcorbitor
Reviewed 5 June 2016 via mobile

Great camp ground clean and well maintained close to the beach only down side was no showeres but we are going threw a drought so i understand

Date of experience: July 2015
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Reviewed 17 May 2016 via mobile

I used to stay here every other year with my family for our summer vacation. So on this trip, I wanted to show my husband where I used to camp with my family. They were curious enough to let us drive thru the campsites. It...More

Date of experience: May 2016
3  Thank Kimberly g
Reviewed 2 May 2016

San Simeon park is a good spot to stop for a picnic. The view is amazing. Would recommend specially if you're waiting for your tour or after San Simeon castle tour.

Date of experience: March 2016
2  Thank Evelyn M
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Response from sanDiegoTrippy | Reviewed this property |
You stand a better chance if you make a reservation at least 6months ahead of time. There is a possibility of" same day" being available due to cancellations.
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Response from sanDiegoTrippy | Reviewed this property |
no hookups.. there is a dump station
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Response from n8turel0ver | Reviewed this property |
There is a maximum of two vehicles per campsite and I believe six or eight people. It seems they’ve been lax about this rule in the past, but are going to start enforcing it later this year. We were there in July and I saw... More