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Awesome

Fun place to see some beautiful rocks! Kids had a blast exploring and seeing if they could find... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Jennifer B
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Lodi, California
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Great are for exploring

This is a great area of the coast. It has a waling path along the bluffs with educational signs so... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
kalenacole
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San Francisco, California
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Charming and natural beach.
  • Excellent59%
  • Very good28%
  • Average11%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“nice beach” (21 reviews)
“tide pools” (17 reviews)
“colored rocks” (5 reviews)
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San Simeon, CA 93452
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Fun place to see some beautiful rocks! Kids had a blast exploring and seeing if they could find some hidden treasures on the sand.

Thank Jennifer B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a great area of the coast. It has a waling path along the bluffs with educational signs so you can learn about the local inhabitants. There's a beach and tide pools appear during low tide.

Thank kalenacole
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were very disappointed with this non interesting beach. There were lots of people here (in the parking lot) which was very curious to us. Not sure what the big attraction is. I've been to nicer beaches, in fact, every beach I have been to...More

Thank bartpic
Reviewed 4 weeks 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 5 September 2017

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

2  Thank Renee S
Reviewed 27 August 2017

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 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...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
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Stef G
29 September 2017|
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Response from Gary_Val_AZ | Reviewed this property |
I don't think you'd want to do that at right at Moonstone Beach. There is pretty high currents and undertow around the very rocky shoreline. Go a couple miles north to the beach located right by the Cavalier hotel. They... More
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Tina85379
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.
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cmesiano
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.
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