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Address: 15950 Cabrillo Highway, San Simeon, CA 93452

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Nature up close and personal

What an incredible sight awaits the visitor to this natural attraction. Visiting in September we were able to see the young males perform their 'jousting' behaviour, admire the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

What an incredible sight awaits the visitor to this natural attraction. Visiting in September we were able to see the young males perform their 'jousting' behaviour, admire the huge males and laugh at the antics of the pups. Fantastic. Congratulations to all those involved in the preservation of this magnificent - a muist for everyone interested in the natural world.

Thank Elizabeth H
Platte City, Missouri, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I love going to the elephant seal rookery and could watch them for hours. This time we were able to see many of the new born seal pups. Several of the "momma seals" seem to be having a discussion on parenting styles! The docents are always so well informed and happy to answer questions. There is also a lighthouse close... More 

Thank js_mo_50
San Francisco, California, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Located right by the rookery this beach full of elephant seals is a must visit during your drive through the town or while visiting Hearst castle. The antics of the seals and the pups can keep kids of all ages entertained for a while.

Thank AshishGuptasfo
Joshua Tree, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Right here where the Elephant Seal Rookery follows the coast to Pideras Blancas Lighthouse is Point Pedras Blancas Beach. Most people here under this category are writing about the Lighthouse tour but most people don't realize that there is a lovely hike right along the coast between the rookery and the lighthouse which is delightful. You can see the elephant... More 

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Barcelona, Spain
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2016

Perfect stop on your way down Big Sur to take your time and enjoy the elephant seals on their habitat, laying down on the beach while sunbathing.

Thank EdiMandM
Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2016 via mobile

It would never have been worth the time and money to drive from Sacramento to Hearst Castle, except for the fact that the elephant seals were awaiting us! I could watch them all day. The noise they make sound like Chewbacca! I was happy at how close we were able to get from the viewing stand, didn't even need binoculars.

Thank Sylvia232323
Fremont, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2016

We were delighted to return to Piedras Blancas on a sunny warm November Day, The elephant seals were happy. Most were sleeping. We listened to some making their sounds. We watched as a couple of them came in from swimming in the ocean. It was a delightful visit.

Thank mini
Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016

This was awesome. Really cool to see. Free. Lots of information posted around to educate you. Kids love it. Absolutely not access to the beach or seals - just as it should be. Don't follow google's advice on where the location is. It is not by a Best Western hotel. It IS north of the entrance to Hearst Castle. There... More 

Thank Cheryl S
Minden, Nevada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016

I you are going to Hearst Castle, We highly recommend stopping here to see the Elephant Seals. It is seasonal on how many seals you will see. Best viewing is usaasally in fall or winter.

Thank NevadaHudson
Northeast Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016

Great place to see elephant seals and watch their interaction among one another. We watched them for almost an hour. Some on the beach and others in the water playing. Interesting. Plenty of parking and a long viewing area. Depending on the time you may catch a beautiful sunset. It is about 5 miles north of Hearst Castle entrance on... More 

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