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Moonstone Beach, California 93428, USA
The Moonstone Beach boardwalk is located in Cambria, CA and runs along Moonstone Beach Dr. The beach is so called because of the moonstone agate that you can find here, not only agates, but jade, jaspers and other semi-precious stones that are...
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This Ranch Preserve has several miles of trails that run along the edge of the coastline and up sloping hills into pine forests. I've hiked here several times with my husband and we've seen squirrels, red-tail hawks, kites, egrets, deer, whales,...
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Paso Robles Dr, San Luis Obispo, CA 93405, USA
All my life my mom was trying to drag me and my dad on a trip to Hearst Castle, and we always told her no. I probably wouldn't have appreciated it anyways in my younger years. However, before I moved to Hong Kong for work, I took a trip with my...
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CA-1, San Simeon, CA 93452, USA
These zebras on the San Simeon ranch are the remains of Hearst's last herd of zebra, some of the many exotic animals Hearst once had on his lavish estate. It was so cool to see zebras roaming about on the California coast. You can also see giant...
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Plaza del Cavalier, 250 San Simeon Ave, San Simeon, CA 93452, USA
We were driving south from Monterey, hugging the coastline for the views, when we found the elephant seals. Thousands of them, heaved up onto stretches of sand to give birth and suckle fat-rich milk into skinny black pups, the males keeping a...
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North Point Beach is one of my favorite beaches on the Central California Coast. This beach has something for everyone: Soft sand, good surf, wildflowers, tidepools, sandy bluffs, bird-watching, fishing, it’s dog-friendly, and offers epic views of...
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6620 Moonstone Beach Dr, Cambria, CA 93428, USA
On my last drive down CA Highway 1, I stayed at Castle Inn, a lovingly renovated 1950’s motel on Moonstone Beach Drive in Cambria. The beds were comfortable and stylish, including some mid-century modern design elements. The hotel’s location is...
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4095 Burton Dr, Cambria, CA 93428, USA
My husband and I come to Robin's every year in the summer to celebrate our wedding anniversary. The food is fabulous- we can never choose one item so we order small plates of everything tapas style. We also come here anytime we are in Cambria. The...
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1980 Main St, Cambria, CA 93428, USA
We really enjoyed the dinner we had at Indigo Moon, a restaurant in the East Village of Cambria. Indigo Moon uses fresh, local ingredients and they are known for their extensive wine and cheese menus. On our last trip, my friend and I sat on their...