It isn't accurate to say that San Simeon would not exist if it were not for William Randolph Hearst. It is close however. Perhaps the most famous piece of Hearst real estate is La Cuesta Encantada, better known as Hearst Castle. After the death of William Randolph Hearst in 1951, it was deeded to the State of California and is now a leading tourist attraction.
While lodging dominates this strip town, San Simeon has many fine restaurants, gift shops, and miles of raw unspoiled beaches. Recreational resources include famous Pico Creek surf spot, ocean fishing, arrow head hunting and of course beach walking.
San Simeon is located in San Luis Obispo County, north of San Luis Obispo between Cambria and
Big Sur along US Highway 1 near Lake Nacimientoand the Pacific Ocean.
San Simeon is part of the San Luis Obispo-Atascadero-Paso Robles metro area.