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San Carpoforo Creek Beach in San Simeon, California

The San Carpoforo Creek Beach Access is the northernmost portion of the state-owned properties in Hearst San Simeon State Park. A portion of this beach is also in Los Padres National Forest and it’s signed that way at the trailhead.

On the north side of the Highway 1 bridge over San Carpoforo Creek there is a small pull-out parking area with a fence and a gate. It’s about eight miles north of the Piedras Blancas Light Station and across from a house at the address 18550 Cabrillo Hwy, San Simeon, CA. Beyond this gate is a trail that leads down to San Carpoforo Creek.

The creek pools up behind the beach, sometimes breaching the sand and connecting to the ocean. When the creek is really flowing you’ll have to walk out to the end of the creek or find a shallow spot to cross it if you want to reach the ocean waves. This is a wide sandy beach that doesn’t get a lot of visitors.

This is a great beach to explore when the tide isn’t high. On the other side of a large rock at the south end of this beach there’s another hidden beach called Ragged Point Beach.

About 1.5 miles north along the highway you’ll find Ragged Point Inn and Resort which has lodging, a restaurant, and gift shop. It’s a perfect place to stop at along this southern end of the Big Sur Highway.

Address
18550 Cabrillo Hwy
San Simeon, CA 93452
Park Name
Hearst San Simeon State Park
Owner
State Park
Activities
Surfing, Beachcombing, Fishing, Beach Exploration
Amenities
Creek, Dunes, No Facilities
Pet Policy
No dogs allowed on the beach
Fees
Free parking

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