Plan Your Visit
HoursOpen weekends and holiday Mondays: 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Call for summer and vacation week hours: (805) 927-6575
School groups welcome by appointment. Call (805) 927-2145.
The Center is located at William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach, opposite the entrance to Hearst Castle Visitor Center on California Highway 1, about halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles. It is about a five-hour drive from either city.
From Los Angeles
Take U.S. Highway 101 north to San Luis Obispo, then travel Highway 1 north about 39 miles.
From San Francisco
Take U.S. 101 south to California Highway 46, then travel west on 46 to Highway 1 and north about 13 miles.
Take California Highway 1 south (about 93 miles) to Hearst Castle. Or take Highway 68 east to Highway 101 south, then take Highway 46 west to Highway 1 and north, about 130 miles total.
Take California Highway 1 north for about 7 miles.
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There is ample, free parking at the beach. Plenty of picnic tables and public restrooms are available. Fishing is a popular activity at the pier. The park is open at sunrise and closes at sunset.