San Simeon State Park, Ca.
San Simeon State Park is just a few minutes North of Cambria, and five - ten minutes south of Hearst Castle. Fine dining is readily found in Cambria...particularly the Sea Chest on Moonstone Beach Drive.
San Simeon SP is comprised of two campsites...San Simeon Creek, and Washburn Primitive Campground.
Having had the luxury of previewing the campgrounds a few weeks before our trip, we chose the Washburn site. The SS Creek site has showers, and is close to the front of the park...and HWY 1. They charge more to stay there. It has a busy "feel" to it...layed-out like a large parking lot with plenty of greenery separating most of the sites. On the otherhand, Washburn is 2 miles up the hillside and offers some nice ocean views from a handfull of sites, and some nice views of a pretty valley which is obviously a cattle ranch. No showers, but clean pit toilets and water from (unthreaded) spigots. Seemed like a less "rowdy" brand of campers up on Washburn, too.
I would think that springtime would be spectacular up there...green grasses and wildflowers as you look up the valley...very nice indeed!
We chose Washburn since we wanted the views and a less "commercial" feel. Our site had a view of the ocean, but with the haze and fog, we couldn't capture it in the photos. The cost was 15.00/night. We stayed from Thur - Sat and liked the absence of crowds. Our site required more than 5 inches of blocks to level the coach. The pics distort the orientation of the rig such that it appears to be listing...but it is, in fact, level.
SIGHTINGS: on friday, a brand new 28' Safari w/slide pulled in. Handsome rig. My wife chatted briefly with the gentleman owner who came by to visit with us...(our 4.5 year/old daughter was having a meltdown, so my bride was distracted with family matters...) On our way out, a newer Bambi was checking in at the kiosk when we were pulling through.
'04 25' Safari
'06 Dodge 2500 Cummins TurboDiesel
Yamaha 3000 Inverter Generator (Shhh!)