San Simeon is located on scenic Highway 1 just a few miles south of Ragged Point and the famous Big Sur coastline. Hearst Castle , located in San Simeon, is one of the most popular tourist attractions in California . Hearst Castle offers a variety of year-round and seasonal tours. Just a few miles to the south is the village of Cambria , with many special events, boutiques and wine-tasting. The northern beaches of San Simeon offer a year-round resting spot for elephant seals . Often hundreds can be resting on the beaches, with the peak months of December to February for birthing and mating season. (Don’t get too close!) Human enjoy the beaches and pier in the San Simeon State Beach. If you’re lucky, you may see the zebras that live on the ranch surrounding Hearst Castle . San Simeon offers many inexpensive restaurants and motels, and one motel with high-end ocean-front rooms and premium dining.