COVID-19 Response

Following guidance from the California Department of Public Health and local public health authorities, we are increasing public access and services in a phased approach at Hearst Castle®/Hearst San Simeon State Historical Monument®. Before visiting, please review the COVID-19/FAQ tab on the home page. There you will find information and frequently asked questions regarding your trip to Hearst Castle. Updates about the overall Department of Parks and Recreation response to COVID-19, including safety information, are posted on For more information from the San Luis Obispo County Public Health Department click

Hearst Castle tours and the Visitor Center is currently closed. When we reopen, advanced reservations will be required to visit Hearst Castle and/or the Visitor Center

After admiring the vast San Simeon coastline from Hearst Castle, head back down the hill and out to California Highway 1 to experience some of California’s most beautiful beaches. Unspoiled, uninhabited and carved by the crashing Pacific Ocean waves, San Simeon’s pristine beaches are breathtaking.

William R. Hearst Memorial Beach

Splash around the water, suit up for surfing, build a sandcastle on the
beach, fish off the 1,000-foot pier or just sit back and have a picnic on nearby benches. This beach once belonged to W. R. View of Hearst Memorial State Beach from the oceanHearst himself, but it was donated by Hearst Corporation in 1953 for all to enjoy. This beach is located directly across Highway 1 from the entrance to Hearst Castle and also features the Coastal Discovery Center.

Other Area Beaches

Because San Simeon is situated along the magnificent coastal stretches of the Pacific Coast Highway, you’ll see turnoff points and small parking lots as you drive along Hearst San Simeon State Park. Head to any one of the these areas to stand atop towering bluffs to watch the sea ebb and flow along the unspoiled coastline.