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Sandy beach
Hike-in Required
Snorkeling / SCUBA
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Pico Creek Beach fronts the the commercial portion of San Simeon, made up of a sandy shore and surf-friendly breaks just south of the Big Sur area.

The wide sandy waterfront tends to be popular for local surfers who ride the long breaks, but aside from this, tends to remain pretty quiet. Many of the resorts have quick walking access to the bluff-top trail stretching along the shore, with benches and interpretive signs offering vantage points over the beach making perfect spots to catch the sunset.

The northern end of the beach tends to be smoother and sandy, while the southern end has a few more rocks, though is more popular with the surfers looking to get away from the more crowded waters who will paddle out beyond the rocks.

Pico Creek flows from the Santa Lucia Mountains and calmly flows out at the beach's northern end.

In all, Pico Creek Beach is often visited by surfers and travelers staying at the hotels in San Simeon. During the right conditions, the bluffs above the beach offer an ideal spot to catch the colorful sunsets from.

Aside from trash cans, there are no amenities of any kind at the beach, however groceries are available at the small markets in town. No lifeguards are present at the beach. There is free onstreet parking along Pico Avenue, with the stairway access to the beach at the end of the road.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)




Parking Pass


Open Year-round



Few crowds. Beautiful sunset viewing.


Limited parking.

Pets allowed

Allowed with Restrictions


Whale watching
Family friendly


Nearby Adventures

Santa Maria Valley + Santa Lucia/La Panza Mountains, California

Nearby Lodging + Camping

Santa Maria Valley + Santa Lucia/La Panza Mountains, California
Santa Maria Valley + Santa Lucia/La Panza Mountains, California


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