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Piedras Blancas

#3 of 14 things to do in San Simeon Features Animals
15950 Cabrillo Highway, San Simeon, CA 93452
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Elephant Seals, oh my!

An elephant seal rookery extends for 6 miles along the coast in the area of Piedras Blancas. You... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
djsmd
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Middletown, Maryland
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Nature at the best

Sea lions picked up this place to make their own beach, it's like a colony of them enjoying the... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
AlexinSUV
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Norwalk, California
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15950 Cabrillo Highway, San Simeon, CA 93452
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

An elephant seal rookery extends for 6 miles along the coast in the area of Piedras Blancas. You can spot hundreds of them resting on the beach during most times of the year. During June, females, after childbirth, nursing and weaning rest on the sand....More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Sea lions picked up this place to make their own beach, it's like a colony of them enjoying the beautiful area of San Simeon, there is a large parking area, also look out points are adequate and plenty of views of the coast, everyone will...More

Thank AlexinSUV
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Every spring, adult elephant seals come ashore to molt. At peak times, there may be almost no sand visible, because of the population of these creatures! There is a live cam there, so one can preview one's visit. Tripadvisor doesn't allow me to post with...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I have never seen so many seals in once place. It was simply amazing. The boise they all made as they lay sunbathing was quite awesome.

Thank Karen P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I've seen harbor seals before but never the elephant variety. They are impressive. And though May is not a month for 1,000's of them there certainly were many. Many were molting, play fighting and sleeping. Many viewing points.

Thank marros1960
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Nice place for who likes animals - you can observe them in their natural habitat, learn about their behaviours and also see a beautiful landscape.

Thank Letícia H
Reviewed 21 May 2017 via mobile

This is a great place to spend some time looking down from the bluffs at 100s of elephant seals interacting with each other. There is information available along the way so you can learn about the elephant seals. This is a must see.

Thank Jim K
Reviewed 20 May 2017 via mobile

Fun stop after visiting Hearst castle. We spent about an half hour watching all the antics on the beach and shoreline. A docent stopped and talked with us explaining their behaviors.

Thank Ann S
Reviewed 13 May 2017

an awesome stop to enjoy nature. If you are travelling the PCH 101,take the time to stop and take in this spectacular natural spectacle.

Thank Perseverance
Reviewed 1 May 2017

This is another "must do" attraction. You can stay for 5 minutes or you can stay for hours watching the elephant seals in action. There are some great, descriptive signs up so you can learn more about the seals. And it is just fascinating to...More

Thank Christina04
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