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San Simeon State Park

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Address: San Simeon Creek Road, San Simeon, CA 93428
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+1 805-927-2020
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Tue - Sat 07:00 - 15:30

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Reasonable place to take a break.

Clean. A bit close to the road for relaxed camping but amenities are sufficient. The beach is enjoyable for pebble hunting and a close walk.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 15 November 2016
Placerville, California
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Chicago, Illinois, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What a sight to pull over to the side of the road to see zebras in the wild and roaming the countryside. They are awesome - no two are alike, and you won't see them outside of a zoo anywhere else in the US.

Thank Bonnie T
Fremont, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016

We went to San Simeon State Park. It was a beautiful warm sunny November day. It was fun watching the waves as well as the birds. The Central Coast area is very pretty. San Simeon State Park has several places to turn off highway one to see the park. The park also has camping.

Thank mini
Placerville, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016 via mobile

Clean. A bit close to the road for relaxed camping but amenities are sufficient. The beach is enjoyable for pebble hunting and a close walk.

Thank someyawhoo
San Jose, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

Nice campgrounds with a reasonable amount of space in most sites. Bathrooms and showers are closed due to the drought, so you have to use the porta-potties. The short hike via the boardwalk to the beach provides great opportunities to view the sunset. Some of the sites are close to the freeway and you get a lot of car noise.... More 

Thank Mike B
Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016 via mobile

We stopped here prior to our scheduled tour at Hearst Castle and were pleasantly surprised to watch two Humpback whales in action as they were feeding. It was a wonderful experience to see as we watched them in your natural habitat.

Thank MelissaandRick
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

Kayak or sail board rentals. A beautiful cove to paddle out in. Periodic whales and dolphins to watch. Well worth stopping. See Cubby for rentals. A very pleasant guy.

Thank Mark T
Pleasanton, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Nice location, with two separate campgrounds. The Washburn Campground is up the hill, elevated a little hogher, with nice views. However, the Wasburn sites are a bit dusty, as in dirt roads. The sites are also less protected from the winds. The lower San Simeon sites are protected by trees, and have locations to get water and a dump stations.... More 

Thank Wayne J
Arlington, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016 via mobile

In the morning, we drove north on the beautiful CA 1 route. We saw so many big elephant seals laying on the beach. Most were sleeping, a few were moving around...

Thank Huagang C
Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016

My 17 year-old son and I were taking a week long backpacking trip around Big Sur in late August 2016. We had a few nights booked up at the Treebones Resort campsites and were planning on a 3 day backpacking trip through the Los Padres Forest. The Soberanes Fire made us change our plans. We now needed to find lodgings... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016

A beautiful dense forest here with trails to traverse...everything in the state parks here now compromised by wildfires, so if hiking is your expectation, best to check ahead. California state parks are awesome!

Thank PlatinumHoney

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