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Things of Interest in and around San Simeon

This section contains information useful for residents and visitors alike.

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Chamber of Commerce

San Simeon's history, upcoming events and more


Watch the elephant seals at the Piedras Blancas rookery. Tour the world-famous Hearst Castle. Walk along the white sand beaches. Hike the Pacific coastline that has been naturally carved by the sea. Whatever you choose, San Simeon is a rare, secluded California gem. Come stay with us to experience the beach on California’s Central Coast.

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SLO Rapid Transit Authority

RTA provides safe & reliable transportation services.


The San Luis Obispo Regional Transit Authority (RTA) provides intercommunity public transportation. RTA’s service area includes all of San Luis Obispo County and extends into Santa Barbara County to the south. RTA provides regional fixed-route service (RTA) and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) complementary paratransit service (Runabout).

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IWMA

Integrated Waste Management Authority


The San Luis Obispo County Integrated Waste Management Authority (IWMA) is a public agency overseen by 13 elected officials. We provide information and education about garbage and recycling, manage the county’s hazardous waste disposal programs, and enact resource management ordinances.

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Elephant Seals

Friends of the Elephant Seal


The elephant seal colony at Point Piedras Blancas, 7.7 miles north of San Simeon, California has experienced phenomenal growth.  Since 1992,  the colony has grown to more than 23,000 elephant seals.  Friends of the Elephant Seal formed in 1997.

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CA State Parks

Camping, trails & nature


San Simeon State Park is one of the oldest units of the California State Park System. The coastal bluffs and promontories of the scenic park offer unobstructed views of the ocean and rocky shore. The park includes the Santa Rosa Creek Natural Preserve, the San Simeon Natural Preserve and the Pa-nu Cultural Preserve.

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Hearst Castle

A museum like no other


Discover this legendary estate’s history and learn about its 25,000 artifacts before seeing it in person.  Hearst Castle’s history begins in 1865, when George Hearst purchased 40,000 acres of ranchland. After his mother’s death in 1919, William Randolph Hearst inherited thousands of acres around San Simeon, and over time, he purchased more.