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North of Los Angeles and south of San Francisco is California’s Central Coast - a unique coastal region that features sandy beaches, jagged cliffs, dunes, caves, lighthouses, and one of the most breathtaking stretches of Pacific Coast Highway. Sands by the Sea is ideally located in San Simeon putting the majority of the area’s most stunning sights within easy reach. From the iconic tourist attractions like Cannery Row in Monterey, the picturesque golf courses of Pebble Beach in Carmel, the white sand beaches of Carmel-by-the-Sea, the legendary wineries of Paso Robles, the rugged coastline of Big Sur, to the history of Hearst Castle. The village of San Simeon boasts boundless natural beauty, spectacular Pacific Ocean views, and outdoor thrills that are perfect for a weekend escape or a quick stopover.
The Highway 1 Discovery Route packages 10 destinations in the Central Coast, offering 25 to 30 things to do within each community. From Ragged Point and San Simeon on the north, to Oceano and Nipomo to the south, this rural road trip connects more than 30 nonprofits and conservations, offering 70 ecotourism experiences in San Luis Obispo County.More Info
Hearst Castle is just a short three-mile drive from Sands by the Sea and offers guests a unique glimpse into the history of one of the most famous residences in the country. This National Historic Landmark offers daily tours and is a must-see for visitors to California’s Central Coast.
A quiet seaside village just a few miles south of San Simeon, Cambria offers visitors an array of unique activities and attractions.
Just a short 10-minute drive north is the Elephant Seal Rookery viewing station, which offers visitors a chance to see the 17,000 elephant seals that migrate to the Piedras Blancas Rookery annually.
The Sands by the Sea is proud to be a recognized viewing site of The Whale Trail. Situated on the scenic Highway One just three miles south of Hearst Castle we offer guests and travelers an ideal spot to view these majestic creatures as they make their migration to/from the Gulf of Alaska to/from the warm waters of Baja California.More Info