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Moonstone Beach

Cambria, CA 93452
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Ranked #1 of 7 attractions in Cambria
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Beaches, Geologic Formations
Activities: Viewing wildlife, Kayaking
Traveler Description:  Moonstone Beach is a gorgeous strech of coastline in the Cambria area.  Here you will view waves crashing on the surf and see numerous sea lions... more »
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Ventura, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Cambria is often cool and foggy with the ocean temperatures too cold for much swimming. Bring a jacket so you can take your time searching the pebble sand for moonstones- small whiteish stones with a pearly and opalescent luster. When the sun comes out the sand becomes rather hot. Between the parking area and the beach is a great playground... More

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Fullerton, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

This is a very unique beach as it is a dark sand made up of millions of tiny pebbles and stones. If you are lucky, you can find a moonstone on the beach, which is what this beach is named for. Beware that the sand can be hot, since the dark sand and stones are hotter than lighter sand. Nice... More

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Moreno Valley, California
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18 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

Moonstone Beach is a nature lover's paradise. My family and I enjoyed exploring the tide pools and climbing the rocks. It's not unusual to see sea otters and seals relaxing nearby. You're sure to see a few squirrels in the brush as well. The boardwalk provides a nice, easy way to walk along the shore. During our visit in July,... More

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Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

The beach was beautiful and peaceful with nice views. It was too chilly to go into the water, but we loved just walking across the beach and enjoying the scenery.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

We can spend days just combing the beaches for moonstones and looking at the sea lions hanging out. Love this beach!

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Uppsala, Sweden
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

Quiet and Wonderful! Saw dolphins when walking along the beach. Liked that there was not too many people

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London, United Kingdom
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11 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

Quiet, relaxing with the gentle sound of waves on the rocks. Clean and picturesque with seals and the potential for grey whales too. Could have spend hours just sitting there enjoying the beach.

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Santa Maria, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Great beach just steps from our hotel. We loved taking a stroll on the beach, we got to check out the tide pools and see dolphins.

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Goleta, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Without being too far from civilization - one can feel as if on a deserted island away from the hustle and bustle when viewing the ocean, the squirrels and trees swaying in the rays of sunset. If you can ignore the cars going by, the people walking on the boardwalk - then you can relax knowing this place affords safety,... More

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Los Angeles
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

The rock collecting was amazing! The squirrels are WAY to friendly. The boardwalk is perfect for strolling and the beauty of the area is breathtaking!

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