Exploring Moonstone Beach in Cambria, California
Let's Visit Moonstone Beach in Cambria
Cambria is Perfect for Getting Away
I live about thirty miles from Cambria's Moonstone Beach, and have visited it often. It's the perfect getaway for a few hours when it's hot in Templeton and Paso Robles, yet people visit it from all over the world. There is a boardwalk that runs the length of the beach for those who want a scenic background when getting their exercise. If you like to watch wildlife, you can find an abundance of birds and ground squirrels to keep you amused.
From the boardwalk, those who want to get wet or walk along the beach have several staircases for beach access. Some people surf and a few get into the water when it's warm enough. Others just play on the beach or picnic. As you see in the video, some were building structures of various kinds from driftwood, which is abundant on Moonstone Beach. Some people like to look for rocks and the occasional jade to be found. As you can see in the video, some like to explore the tide pools.
Our most recent visit was on Sunday, August 12, 2012, because our air-conditioning failed and we needed to cool off. We knew Moonstone Beach would be much cooler. We decided to eat at the Main Street Grill in Cambria before hitting the beach. The food was delicious and reasonably priced. We had burgers and fries, and they were cooked just the way we like them. If you order fries, note that a large basket is about twice as much as two senior citizens can or should eat. A family could share them, or two football players. After lunch we walked around a bit, and browsed a used bookstore. I took a few pictures of West Cambria, and then we headed for Moonstone Beach.
West Cambria's Main Street
Moonstone Beach, Cambria, CA
Near the Parking Lot
Parking and Restrooms
Parking in the village of Cambria can be difficult, but there are designated parking lots near popular attractions such as restaurants. You just need to look for the signs that say "Public Parking." Some businesses have a few parking places in front, but the lots are your best option for blocks with a lot of businesses. There are also public restrooms, which were cleaner than I expected on a late Sunday afternoon, near the parking lots.
At Moonstone Beach there are several parking lots. We choose the first lot as we came from the south. It is one of the smaller lots, and I don't recommend it if you are pulling a trailer. On a previous visit to Moonstone Beach I made the video you see below in this very parking lot as I was directing a man trying to turn around to get out of this parking lot with his trailer. So be warned. There is a restroom at the edge of this parking lot, and it was cleaner than I expected it to be. Notice the solar panels on top of the restroom building.
Travel Trailer Turning Around at Moonstone Beach
Activities on Moonstone Beach
People were very busy on the beach Sunday afternoon. Since there is so much driftwood, many people, mostly men, were engaged in building things, like huts, with it. Some may have been hogans. I saw a boy surfing with his boogie board, as you saw in the video at the beginning. Children were running into the surf or exploring the beach. Some were playing in the small lagoon near the parking lot. One man was reading, using the driftwood as a bench. Another man was walking the beach. Some folks were just sitting on benches, enjoying the peace and watching the waves. I thought still pictures were most effective in capturing these activities.
Photos of Moonstone Beach:What People Were Doing
Your Impressions of Moonstone Beach
Have you ever visited Moonstone Beach?
The Boardwalk at Moonstone Beach
On Sunday I walked more of the boardwalk than ever before. I came very close to walking the whole distance, but I knew I needed to turn back about ten minutes before reaching the north end.(Someone coming from that end told me it was about ten minutes more.) I didn't have a watch, and I was always stopping to take pictures and shoot video, but my husband, who was waiting for me to come back, said I'd been gone about two hours. He had walked the first forty minutes with me before returning to the car.
Sights From the Boardwalk, Moonstone Beach
Saying Goodbye to Cambria for Now
By now you've had a chance to pick up the flavor of Moonstone Beach with its tide pools, rocky coastline, and sandy beach. You got a brief glimpse of some of the wildlife in the video. I had intended to show you more about the flora and fauna, but I think it's better to leave those topics for additional hubs. So we'll say goodbye to Moonstone Beach and Cambria for now. I hope you enjoyed our short tour.