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Ano Nuevo State Reserve

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Address: New Years Creek Road, Pescadero, CA
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+1 650-879-2025
08:00 - 18:00
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Home to the largest mainland seal colony in the world.

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Oh Give Me A Home Where The Elephant Seals Roam

Just around 22 miles from the hustle and bustle of San Francisco, is a whole new world of wildlife and stunning seascape. Come take a tour of one of the most thriving elephant... read more

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

Just around 22 miles from the hustle and bustle of San Francisco, is a whole new world of wildlife and stunning seascape. Come take a tour of one of the most thriving elephant seal colonies on the west coast. The elephant seals were hunted to near extinction. With wildlife protection measures, the elephant seal population has bounced back into the... More 

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Sterling, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Just beautiful ... each place more beautiful than the last. Perfect weather, fresh air, unobstructed vistas .. stunning.

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Seal Beach, California, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017

It was cold and rainy when we were there, which is actually a GREAT time to see these amazing creatures. They get hot on land, so the colder it is the more active they are. January is a fantastic time and you'll get to have a guided tour. Our guide had been a ranger in the park for 30 years... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2016 via mobile

An ideal, inexpensive and great natural trail for a great outdoor activity in the California winter.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016

The walk took about 45 minutes each way, with some on sand, including a decent hill, so it was a long hike. A reviewer stated you're walking through marshes and standing water -completely false. Someone else said you're not close. There were at least 10 seals within 25 feet of where I was standing. There is a dirt path as... More 

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Vienna, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

From the Coastal Highway it is very close to the State Park gate, and not much further to the parking lot. But be prepared for about a 2 mile walk to reach the first point of elephant seal observation. The trail is well marked, flat and easy, albeit very sandy for one stretch. We only had time to go to... More 

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Dartford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

Visited in early October. it was great talking to the rangers.all very knowledgeable. We saw many juveniles on the beach, sparring and chilling. A bit of a walk but definitely worth it.

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Sacramento, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016

I enjoyed the view from this location of the fishing boats just off the coast at sunset. It is unbelievable how calm and peaceful the ocean is this far south. Stopped in the little village of Pescadero for a snack. Several little shops offer everything from micro brews to pastries. Love the bohemian feel. This is by far one of... More 

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Newport Beach, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016

I went here around 5 PM in September. You take the walkway all the way to the beach. I was all by myself on the most gorgeous beach. There were hundreds of seagulls and pelicans. The beach was large and offered vistas of rolling waves, cliff formations and the inland mountains. Absolutely a must if you are near this place.... More 

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West Hartford, Connecticut
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016

We stopped here on our way down the Pacific Coast Highway from San Francisco. We first stopped at Ano Nuevo State Beach thinking this was the location but it was not. We continued on and found the Reserve. It costs $10 to get in and get a permit to see the Seals. The last time you can obtain a permit... More 

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