The San Simeon Experience

San Simeon, California has a population of 462 people and numerous ZEBRAS. Although the town is small, it is the home of three jewels of the central coast: Hearst Castle, the Elephant Seal Rookery, and the Piedras Blancas Lighthouse. It is also the gateway to Big Sur. San Simeon offers beach access via Pico Avenue and Vista Del Mar.

The average temperature is 68.7 F / 20.38 C and the community receives an annual average of 287 days of sunshine.




Living Here

Explore San Simeon

Whether you’re new to the area or have been here for a while, there is always great things going on in and around San Simeon. Take a moment to explore what San Simeon has to offer!


Visiting Here

Hearst Castle, Elephant Seals, Zebras, Lighthouses and more

A key feature of this community is Hearst Castle. This hilltop mansion was built in the early 20th century by William Randolph Hearst. The castle hosts up to one million visitors each year. Up the highway from San Simeon you can find the “louder” residents of San Simeon. Our elephant seals. More than 23,000 elephant seals populate a secluded area just south of the Piedras Blancas Lighthouse. Located seven miles north of San Simeon on Highway 1, the viewing area is clearly marked along State Route 1.


Weddings Here

A special event is a preplanned single gathering or consecutive gatherings, expected to draw 25 or more persons on public property.

San Simeon Community Services District Ordinance No. 109 reads in part that “No special event shall be held on any District street, or public area unless a permit is first obtained for such event. Peaceful demonstrations including lawful picketing that do not impede pedestrian or vehicular traffic are not considered special events."

Ordinance 109

Ordinance 109 was established to provide procedures and requirements for conducting special events in the District of San Simeon.