Welcome to the SILVER SURF MOTEL!
The Silver Surf Motel of San Simeon is conveniently located at the gateway to the Hearst Castle and between Big Sur and Cambria on California’s beautiful central coast. where you’ll find affordable rooms, a friendly staff, and the entire Central Coast at your doorstep!
We’re conveniently located three miles south of Hearst Castle on scenic Highway One, halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco! Our 72 rooms are located on 3 garden acres–with plenty of room for you to play fetch with Fido, catch with the kids, or just relax with a good book… And, don’t forget you can do it all while surfing the ‘net with our high speed wireless access!
Although most of our guests come to San Simeon to visit Hearst Castle, there’s so much MORE to see and do while you’re here! We have beautiful beaches (as close as 200 yards from your doorstep), awesome sunsets, sport fishing, wineries, gift shops, art galleries, antique shops …and lots more!!!
Some information on San Simeon, California:
The very small town of San Simeon (population 443) sits on either side of Highway One, just about two miles south of the entrance to the castle. Hotels and restaurants dot the frontage roads on either side of the highway in this true “gateway” town to the Hearst Castle. Fishing, hiking, and bird-watching are favorite attractions here, with some of the best whale-watching on the Central Coast. These waters are also home to a sea otter preserve, a rookery for elephant seals, and just a couple of miles north, the historic Piedras Blancas Light Station. San Simeon began to develop as a settlement in 1852 when a whaling station was established at the natural harbor at San Simeon Point. While today, the annual migration of the majestic Grey Whale is an inspiring and coveted observation, back then, they provided a living for the humans who hunted them. Around this industry, a community sprang up to support it, including a blacksmith shop, a bar, and a barbershop. The one-room schoolhouse their children attended has been preserved in its location near the Point, as has their general store, first built in 1860. Purchased by Manual Sebastian in 1914, this historic building that doubled as a post office, has been moved twice, for the last time in 1945. Today, it’s still open for business at the Point, and is still owned by members of the Sebastian family.
Average daily temps for San Simeon are high-30s to low-60s in the winter, and mid-50s to high 70s in the summer. Morning fog is predictable and consistent, especially during the summer months. There is no distinct rainy season with about 18 inches falling every year on average.