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“Best stop in the area!”
Review of Piedras Blancas

Piedras Blancas
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US$680.00*
and up
Private Full-Day Trip Up Pacific Coast Highway with Pickup
Ranked #3 of 15 things to do in San Simeon
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 9 August 2014

You will not regret stopping here. You may think you'll just take a quick look, but those elephant seals were FASCINATING to watch! It was amazing to watch them inch themselves up onto the sand from the water to watch them throw sand on top of themselves to cool off.

There was also a lovely walking trail and I noticed quite a few people walking it. The fence is positioned just above the beach area, so you really feel you are very close to these seals and the fence stretches a long way, so you can always find a spot up front for watching...and it's all free.

There was a HUGE free parking lot ---easy to access from either direction of the road.

1  Thank triptik123
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Reviewed 31 July 2014

If you are in the area, this is a must stop. Elephant seals sunning their selves on the beach. Better than the zoo. Plenty of free parking. Viewing area is on top of a hill side. but their are areas that wheel chairs are accessible. Area can be very windy.

Thank Travel4you
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Reviewed 24 July 2014

This is a perfect spot to watch the seals. Tons of photo ops, but most fascinating is to watch them interact with each other. It is a perfect location, easy to pull over short walk.

Thank MariaCFlorida
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Reviewed 18 July 2014

There is no reason not to drive 3-4 miles north of Hearst Castle to see the Elephant Seal Rookery. The best months to see pups are December and January. They are fascinating to watch. Kids will love them. There are usually a few docents nearby that do some limited talks as you watch. Good photo ops. I'd budget a minimum of 1/2 hour there. Most seem to be there about an hour. Walking is easy. Parking is good for motorhomes and such. There are very clean porta-johns there for your use, or you can work your way back to Sebastian's Store at the State Park for some goodies and a break (about 5 minutes away) at another nice quick stop.

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Reviewed 15 July 2014

It was definitely neat getting to watch the seals, since I live in the mountains and don't see that every day. It was very smelly and they just laid around mostly. They were kind of funny, though, with their mannerisms. Not a must see but a neat stop if you have the time.

1  Thank Lydia M
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