To those of us who live in Cambria,
California this Beach holds a special place in our
hearts. This section of beach is where we go for solitude,
comfort from the sea and to search for the illusive treasures of the
The mixture of the cool breezewith
the brushing sounds of waves
coming ashore allows one to drift quietly into deep thought about life,
love and new adventures.
Many locals gather in the parking area to watch for the
which frequent the horizon. We rarely see a whale breech the
surface but that is ok to most of us. We primarily watch to see
the whales stupendous spout of sea water out in the distances and that
enough for most of us.
Many locals walk the beach day after day in search of treasure.
No, there is no gold or silver on the beach but we do find something
as precious, at least to us.
The rocks and sand on the beach yield a vast array of sea glass and
moonstone rocks. My wife and I have walked many a mile along the
with your heads down, eyes darting back and forth through the rocks
searching for tiny bits of ocean washed glass and the spectacular
We make a game out of the search. Who can find the first piece of glass
or stone? My wife normally wins because she can see better than I
The moonstone is a type of feldspar which is one of the
abundant minerals on earth. The name Moonstone comes from a
resemblance to the moon.
There is a mystical side to the stone. The ancient Romans
believed the stone was made from moonlight. In recent times the
stone is believed to bring luck and good fortune. However, for us
it is fun to go to the beach and spend hours diligently searching for
You can find many treasures on the beach in Cambria. One day I
was walking along and stumbled on a Abalone shell. I had just
arrived in Cambria and I didn't have any idea what an abalone was
or how rare it is to find a complete half shell on the beach.
You can find all sorts of rocks, shells and if you are lucky, like I
was, you might even find an Abalone shell.
is popular sport in Cambria!
and I rarely put our feet in the
water let alone surf. The waters of the pacific are extremely
cold in this area but it doesn't seem to bother the surfers. If
you like to surf
or just watch surfers you have come to the right beach.
When you visit Moonstone Beach look forJason
Hall. He is a professional photographer who specializes in
photographing surfers. If you would like to see a few of
pictures click on the link. Moonstone
like to take a dip in a heated
swimming pool in Shamel Park? Maybe let the kids swing or climb on the
monkey bars. Shamel has a host of things to do.
Shamel Park is located on the south
end of Moonstone. It is easy to find. Going north on hwy 1
look for the Shell Gas Station on the right. When you come to the
light, which is Windsor Drive take a left. Follow Windsor for
about one half mile and you will run into the park.
The park has swings and a play ground for
kids. It also has a large area of grass to throw a football, play
soccer or let the kids or dogs run wild.
If you are into picnics, Shamel Park has
picnic tables and out door
grills for you to cook your chicken, hot dogs, steak or anything else
you would like to eat.
Moonstone Beach and Shamel Park are great
places to relax and enjoy the
cool air, green grass and listen to the sound of the ocean.
You can bring your dogs but you need
them on a leash.
Moonstone Beach- Watch the Video - Spectacular Pictures
The sound of the waves crashing made
for a great videos on the
beach. A walk on Moonstone brings a sense of peace and
wonder. We love to search for sea glass and let the dogs
runs. The kids in the picture are my grandkids and they just had
the best time running up and down the beach.
love the sand, sea and surf as much
as we do you will certainly
make Moonstone Beach a place to visit while on the Central Coast of
We want to hear about your visit. If you
have pictures send them to us and tell us your favorite place on the
Now is a good time to book a room.
Most of the Hotels and Motels
on the beach stay booked so make sure you book in advance.
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