Moonstone Beach
Moonstone Beach
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  • Christine C
    57 contributions
    This place doesn't seem real, it is amazing.
    This is one of my favorite beaches of all time! It's weird saying that because it doesn't have a white, sandy beach. It is a beach that has incredible rocks and agate. It was so fun looking and exploring. It has these amazing rock formations if you walk about .5 miles down the beach. There is this one area in particular with a rock formation that looks like a chair (you can actually sit in it) that GOD placed there so you can admire his creation. I could spends hours and hours there, and it is fun for the entire family. The waves are some of the most powerful one I have heard.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 8, 2023
  • StevenOfCA
    Santa Clara, California61 contributions
    Not Breathtaking, but the level raised walkway is a nice stroll.
    By Big Sur standards, the oceanfront here is a bit of a let down. The beaches along the trail have a LOT of driftwood which has been piled into Teepee like structures. The "sand" is interesting and ranges from tiny grains to a colorful mix of pebble to hand-sized rock of various shades of grey, brown, white and greenish. It's not a bad place to watch a sunset from, and there are many resorts and lodges along the adjoining stretch of road, as well as a number of restaurants. In August, on a weekday, the narrow-ish walk can get crowded and there are only a few access points to get to the actual beach. The walkway is navigable in a wheelchair, and frequented by dog walkers. So all in all, it's not bad place for a stroll.
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 23, 2023
  • Pamela Z
    28 contributions
    Beautiful area
    Moonstone Beach in Cambria is wonderful. Not a lot of people, great for walking and observing birds, whales and dolphins. The boardwalk is very suitable for an easy short or long stroll. The sunsets were quite lovely as well. Lots of parking and a picnic area at the south end. We have visited numerous times and love it more each time.
    Visited November 2018
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 16, 2023
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Scott S
3 contributions
Apr 2021 • Couples
We ate here twice on our trip. Once in person and once as take out. The view of the setting sun was fabulous. Food was good (not outstanding) and decent value for the money. The takeout service was excellent. In restaurant dining, the service was a little slow, probably due to a training situation.
Written April 16, 2021
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N7615AQlizp
New York City, NY6 contributions
Mar 2020
Beautiful peaceful beach to take a walk. lots of driftwood on this untouched gem. We biked along the shoreline and walked on the beach, Great restaurant nearby and wonderful Cambria Beach Lodge
Written March 9, 2020
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CAPainter
San Diego, CA172 contributions
Sep 2021
This is an incredible beach with driftwood naturally arranged at interesting angles on the beach. Its perfect for everyone because you can walk or run on the beach or view it from the wood viewing deck. The deck was also an excellent spot to set up and paint with watercolors, the views of the beach made beautiful paintings.
Written September 26, 2021
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elizabethlascheid
Los Angeles, CA4,810 contributions
Nov 2021
Moonstone Beach is a must stop when you are in or near Cambria, California. It is simply stunning. There are places to walk and a few places that have boarded walk ways for those that need more flat areas and the wheel chair bound. There is plenty of parking and it does not get too crowded.

I suggest going at sunset and just take a seat and watch the beautiful sunset over the blue ocean with all the greenery around. Wear shoes. The beach area has a lot of rocks and if your feet are not used to that, well, ouch.

It is not usually too warm even in the summer. It tends to be cooler and at sunset you may need a light covering.

Strollers are easy on the wooden pathway and you can see everything from there. One way is the beautiful ocean and the other way is filled with flowers, shrubs and greenery.

This is really a special place.
Written December 3, 2021
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Cynthia M
San Diego, CA28 contributions
Sep 2020
Such a lovely walk along the coast. There is a wood walk makes it easy for people who have difficulty walking, wheelchairs and strollers. It’s pretty flat although there are some uneven places but considering it is right on the beach it’s in remarkable shape.

We spent 4 days in Cambria right across from Moonstone Beach and walked on the boardwalk or beach a couple of times each day. It is just beautiful and so different than our beaches in Southern California where were from.

If in Cambria you’ll want to do this walk. There are benches and picnic tables in some places so you can relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery. And this area is quite popular at sunset because the view is spectacular!
Written September 14, 2020
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Bob S
Phoenix, AZ24 contributions
Jul 2022
There's a variety of beach types here - rocky coast, sand, a boardwalk. Pleasant coastal area. It's cool there (even in July) and the water is cold. But people are still getting in the water and you'll see a surfer or two.
Written July 14, 2022
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Andrewsk8s
Trondheim, Norway295 contributions
Sep 2022
Along the rugged and scenic California coastline along Highway 1, I would say there are about 5 actual MUST SEE places and I think Moonstone Beach is definitely one of those not to be missed spots.

It is a pebble sand beach near a creek estuary where shiny agates are smoothly polished by the surf action and are freshly deposited twice daily at the tidal line of the beach. For amateur geologists or crystal seekers it is just a fun place to stop and look for little treasures.

It is in a well organized stretch of State Parks with boardwalk, benches, restrooms, and ample free parking. One can stroll, picnic, watch the sunset, and relax in a pleasant environment. Best of all it is free.I

Don't forget to stroll through nearby Cambria village too.
Written October 8, 2022
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Vilma A
6 contributions
Jun 2021
Enjoyed our walk on the boardwalk with the sea breeze and fog. A very easy walk among the pines, with restaurants across the road. Bring a light jacket even in June-July because it is windy and cold.
Written July 2, 2021
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Chona3855
San Fernando Valley33 contributions
Jun 2020
As you close your eyes and hear the sound of the waves and smell the fresh ocean breeze, everyday stress and reality is swept in an instant. You can sit in your car and stare out into the ocean or take a nice walk along the wood plank pathway. Bring a jacket, it does get chilly and windy and this was in June. Lifes simple pleasures.
Written December 10, 2020
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StevenOfCA
Santa Clara, CA61 contributions
Aug 2023
By Big Sur standards, the oceanfront here is a bit of a let down. The beaches along the trail have a LOT of driftwood which has been piled into Teepee like structures.

The "sand" is interesting and ranges from tiny grains to a colorful mix of pebble to hand-sized rock of various shades of grey, brown, white and greenish.
It's not a bad place to watch a sunset from, and there are many resorts and lodges along the adjoining stretch of road, as well as a number of restaurants.

In August, on a weekday, the narrow-ish walk can get crowded and there are only a few access points to get to the actual beach.

The walkway is navigable in a wheelchair, and frequented by dog walkers. So all in all, it's not bad place for a stroll.
Written August 23, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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