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Moonstone Beach Park

Spend a leisurely day on this rugged and wild stretch of beach, where the sand glitters with shiny round moonstones and the boardwalk promises staggering views.

Nature prevails at Moonstone Beach Park, an undeveloped and wild stretch of the Cambria Coastline perfect for relaxing and enjoying simple and natural outdoor joys. Stroll barefoot and feel the sand between your toes, walk the boardwalk, watch mesmerizing sunsets and go rock-pooling along this classic Californian stretch of beach.

The lack of crowds is one of the great draws of Moonstone Beach Park, so-named for the shiny, colorful moonstones that are scattered in the sand. Spend a leisurely few hours here. Breathe in the salty sea air and feel the wind on your face and the smooth stones underfoot.

Stroll along the 2-mile-long (3-kilometer) flat boardwalk, which stretches along the ruggedly beautiful coastline from Cambria’s north end to Leffingwell Landing. Take a seat on one of the wooden benches along the beach park and feel the tranquility of the place.

Wildlife abounds on and around the beach. Watch whales and dolphins as they swim by, puffing air into the sky or flicking their tails majestically. Go in search of the sea otters playing amid the waves and kelp. Look to the skies and in the cliffs for nesting shorebirds and be entertained by playful squirrels.

Moonstone Beach Park is an idyllic family destination. Bring a bucket and shovel and dig out the prettiest moonstones. Search the tide pools for sea anemones, sea urchins, snails and crabs. If you plan on staying all day, pack a picnic to enjoy together.

Find Moonstone Beach Park in the heart of Cambria, a 40-minute drive from San Luis Obispo. The beach has ample parking with an official parking lot and plenty of paid street parking near the boardwalk. The boardwalk itself is an easy walk and accessible for wheelchair users and strollers. A cool breeze often blows off the sea so be sure to wrap up warmly, even on summer evenings.


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FogCatcher Inn ¥14,240
FogCatcher Inn

FogCatcher Inn

6400 Moonstone Beach Dr, Cambria, CA
     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Nestled on the beach, this Cambria hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Leffingwell Landing and Moonstone Beach Park. San Simeon State Park is 2.1 mi (3.3 km) away.

    Pelican Inn & Suites ¥16,406
    Pelican Inn & Suites

    Pelican Inn & Suites

    6316 Moonstone Beach Dr, Cambria, CA
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Offering direct access to the beach, this Cambria hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Leffingwell Landing and Moonstone Beach Park. San Simeon State Park is 2.2 mi (3.5 km) away.

      Moonstone Landing ¥13,454
      Moonstone Landing

      Moonstone Landing

      6240 Moonstone Beach Drive, Cambria, CA
         
        2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in Cambria, this beach hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Leffingwell Landing and Moonstone Beach Park. San Simeon State Park is 2.2 mi (3.6 km) away.

        El Colibri Hotel & Spa ¥12,595
        El Colibri Hotel & Spa

        El Colibri Hotel & Spa

        5620 Moonstone Beach Dr, Cambria, CA
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated near the beach, this spa hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Fiscalini Ranch Preserve and Moonstone Beach Park. San Simeon State Park is 2.9 mi (4.6 km) away.

          Cambria Landing Inn & Suites ¥12,554
          Cambria Landing Inn & Suites

          Cambria Landing Inn & Suites

          6530 Moonstone Beach Dr, Cambria, CA
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated by the ocean, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Leffingwell Landing and Moonstone Beach Park. William Randolph Hearst State Park and Hearst Ranch Winery are also within 9 mi (15 km).

            Cambria Pines Lodge ¥13,306
            Cambria Pines Lodge

            Cambria Pines Lodge

            2905 Burton Dr, Cambria, CA
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in a rural location, this spa hotel is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Fiscalini Ranch Preserve and 2.5 mi (4 km) from Moonstone Beach Park. Cambria’s Historical Museum and Cambria Center for the Arts are also within 1 mi (2 km).

              Little Sur Inn ¥13,454
              Little Sur Inn

              Little Sur Inn

              6190 Moonstone Beach Dr, Cambria, CA
                 
                2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Offering direct access to the beach, this Cambria hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Leffingwell Landing and Moonstone Beach Park. San Simeon State Park is 2.3 mi (3.7 km) away.

                Fireside Inn on Moonstone Beach ¥13,050
                Fireside Inn on Moonstone Beach

                Fireside Inn on Moonstone Beach

                6700 Moonstone Beach Drive, Cambria, CA
                   
                  2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated by the ocean, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Leffingwell Landing and Moonstone Beach Park. San Simeon State Park is 1.7 mi (2.7 km) away.