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Elephant Seal Rookery

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Address: Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, CA
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We've been many times to see these elephant seals. This time we brought friends from the U.K. with us. They really enjoyed the seal activity and couldn't believe their eyes... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We've been many times to see these elephant seals. This time we brought friends from the U.K. with us. They really enjoyed the seal activity and couldn't believe their eyes! It's so peaceful to stand there behind the fence and ooh and ahh the spectacle going on. The big Bulls fighting for territory and the females laying in the sun... More 

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Thank Kathleen S
Columbus, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I was at Hearst Castel in Feb., mating season for the Elephant Seals. Don't miss this free attraction. These huge seals are amazing to watch. The E-Seal News says there are seals to be seen all year long. Don't miss it.

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Thank evansj862
Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a beguiling attraction, as you can see a large group of elephant seals on the beach. There is a car park so you can park your car and stroll to the observation decking. The location is a short driving distance from San Simeon and Hearst Castle, and if you're in the area, it's well worth stopping by and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Everyone told us to not miss this rookery and they were right. It's incredible to see an entire stretch of beach covered in seal pups and adolescent male elephant seals. The nice surprise was that there are volunteers who act as great sources of information about the seals. Apparently every month there is a slightly different group of seals who... More 

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Atlanta, GA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Literally, this is five minutes from the Hearst Castle entrance. Multiple viewing areas with opportunities to get within 40' of lounging elephant seals. It's an apt name for them because some of them appear to be 10' long and weigh 2-4 tons. A bonus is that there's a 1/4 mile footbridge along the beach. So, you can get in some... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Expert on site to answer all questions. I couldn't get enough of the experts information. Also the elephant seals are so interesting and calming to watch.

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited in the afternoon after our day at Hearst Castle. If you bring a pair of binoculars you will be able to see well enough to read facial expressions, if elephant seals have facial expressions and if you know how to read them. We were not dressed very warmly and found the wind coming off the water a bit... More 

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Providence, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Awesome sight to behold, all these elephant seals on the beach! We could have watched them all day !

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Thank nursenancy03
Torrance, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Have to stop and see these fascinating creatures. Nice view of the beach with them sleeping and flopping around.

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Aylesbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Locals told us about this really well laid out area of decking/boardwalk which enables you to see these amazing creatures close up. The area is also manned by some really knowledgeable volunteers who can ask questions no answered by the information stations. Amazing... you have to go!

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