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Address: 15950 Cabrillo Highway, San Simeon, CA 93452

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Much better than Hearst castle!

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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.

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Fremont, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 

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Minden, Nevada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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.

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Northeast Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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Rancho Cucamonga, CA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Elephant Seals, usually lots of them, check their website for when you will visit to make sure the seals are there.

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Barcelona, Spain
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing place to see the elephants seals. If you are driving through the California 1, you will see it, it is easy to stop and take some pictures of them. There is a trial than you can walk through.

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Coppell, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great place to stop and view the elephant seals. Great time to visit as the young seals are sparing and very active. Nice pullout to view seals and spend some time just enjoying the wildlife and ocean.

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Agoura Hills, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

This is a great stop to check out the elephant seals. Always something going on and fun to watch. The make crazy noises, fight, etc. Free parking and viewing. Really enjoyable. Nice walkways to walk along the beach on. Make sure to bring your camera.

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Huntington Beach, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

This was my big surprise this time around. Nature so close to fame and fortune. Maybe Hearst knew where he was building.

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