Last Updated on April 13, 2024

Many hotels may call themselves ‘oceanfront,’ but sitting 100-yards from the Pacific Ocean lets you know you’ve found the real deal! Cavalier Oceanfront Resort is the only oceanfront resort in both San Simeon and Cambria, CA.

Cavalier Oceanfront Resort is situated on a seaside bluff offering stunning views of the wild and wonderful Pacific along 900-feet of scenic coastline. Its location makes it ideal for visiting some of the Central Coast’s most iconic places such as Hearst Castle, San Simeon State Park, and the Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal Rookery.

San Simeon Oceanfront Accommodations

Oceanfront King Room at Cavalier Oceanfront Resort.
Oceanfront King Room at Cavalier Oceanfront Resort. Photo by Noreen Kompanik

The resort, which includes 90 spacious rooms and suites, was built in the early 1960s and has since undergone renovations and updates to maintain its charm and appeal. Accommodations here range from first or second-floor standard rooms with two queens or a king bed, deluxe and premium kings with a fireplace and private patio or balcony views, premium king coastal views, and deluxe king ocean views with a large patio. Premium king oceanfront rooms are located just 20-feet from the water’s edge.

My oceanfront king room featured a wood-burning fireplace (a rarity in hotel rooms today) with firewood supplied by the hotel, a spacious balcony with a table and rocking chairs and those to-die-for panoramic views that are a must-have on this stretch of the Central Coast. My favorite part of staying at this resort was falling asleep and waking up to the welcoming roar of the surf.

In addition, guests who love traveling with their furry family members love this property as it’s not only pet-friendly, but pets stay complimentary. Special doggy meals are even available for purchase at Cavalier Coastal Kitchen.

Cavalier Oceanfront Hotel Amenities

Pacific Ocean views from my Cavalier Oceanfront Resort balcony.
Pacific Ocean views from my Cavalier Oceanfront Resort balcony. Photo by Noreen Kompanik

In addition to the stunning oceanfront setting, the hotel grounds feature three large, communal, wood-burning fireplaces that are lit at sunset and remain open until 9:45 pm. They’re surrounded by comfy Adirondack chairs and there’s plenty of wood to keep the fire stoked. On my group’s first night at the resort, we appreciated the warmth on a chilly spring evening. S’mores kits are available for purchase in the lobby.

Cavalier features two ocean-view outdoor heated pools with hot tubs, open from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM. A unique resort feature includes its larger-than-life outdoor games like giant checkers, chess, tic tac toe, dominos and cornhole. A beach volleyball court is popular with groups. Games are first come, first served. 

An onsite fitness center with cardio and strength-training equipment is also available for guest use, open from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM.

Last, but certainly not least, two other welcome guest amenities include complimentary parking and no resort or destination fees added to your bill.

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Dining at the Resort

Guests can enjoy all-day ocean-view dining at Cavalier Coastal Kitchen, an food-lover’s delight.  

Breakfast specialties include Bailey’s French Toast, chicken fried steak, huevos rancheros, and specialty omelets. If you’re looking for something on the lighter side, I highly recommend the refreshing yogurt parfait with Greek vanilla yogurt, granola and fresh mixed berries.

Lunch features an impressive selection of appetizers, sandwiches, soups, salads, and main entrees; it should be noted that the restaurant has a full bar.

The dinner menu features local products such as Hearst Ranch beef and fresh-caught seafood brought in daily. If you’re with a group (or even two in your party), consider sharing the Charcuterie Plate with artisanal meats and cheeses and more for starters.

My favorites? If you’re a seafood lover, the Broiled Salmon is fresh, crispy and mouth-watering. Meat lovers shouldn’t pass on one of the steak entrees given the incredible quality of the local free-range beef.

For those traveling with children, the kids’ menu offers a great selection for their ever-changing palates.

California Central Coast Attractions

Here are three places visitors will want to explore while enjoying California’s Central Coast.

Hearst Castle

Undoubtedly, the reason most visitors come to this area is Hearst Castle.

Perched high above the Pacific on a site he called La Cuesta Encantada (The Enchanted Hill), newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst created a breathtaking private Mediterranean retreat with an opulent grand palace, beautiful guest houses, gardens, magnificent pools and terraces.

Guests have access to four different property tours that include the cinematic “Building the Dream” that includes vintage clips and stills from the 1920s and 30s on a massive five-story screen.

Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal Rookery

The largest mainland colony of northern elephant seals can be found at this coastal rookery in San Simeon. From wheelchair-accessible viewing platforms and boardwalks, visitors can safely view nature’s free show that changes with the seasons. This includes seals giving birth, mating, molting, and playing.

There is no charge to visit the rookery and guests should look for the blue-jacketed volunteer guides from Friends of the Elephant Seals to share elephant seal facts and stories and interpret the seals’ behaviors.

Ragged Point

Window to Ragged Point on California's Central Coast.
Window to Ragged Point on California’s Central Coast. Photo by Noreen Kompanik

Once you visit this area, you’ll understand why it’s called Ragged Point. I guarantee, it’s worth the drive.

The area located along California’s iconic Highway 1 about 18 miles north of the Cavalier Resort is considered the gateway to the Big Sur region and is renowned for its dramatic cliffs, breathtaking ocean views, and rugged, jagged natural beauty. 

One of the highlights of Ragged Point is the Ragged Point Inn and Resort, offering lodging, dining, and amenities for visitors looking to immerse themselves in the coastal splendor. The inn sits perched atop the cliffs, providing awe-inspiring panoramic vistas of the Pacific Ocean below.

Even if you don’t stay at the Inn, consider a lunch or dinner here as the restaurant’s offerings are fresh, locally inspired and impressive.

In addition to its picturesque landscapes, Ragged Point offers outdoor activities such as hiking, birdwatching, and photography. The nearby hiking trails lead through coastal forests and along the cliffs, providing opportunities to explore the area’s natural wonders up close.

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