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Piedras Blancas

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15950 Cabrillo Highway, San Simeon, CA 93452
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Stop and go.Amazing creatures.

Driving down the highway and pulled in, took a walk around and took pictures. Read the literature... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
David and Willa B
Coarsegold, California
Best in January for pupping season

I've gone once a year for the past couple of years - it's wonderful! Things to know: wear layers... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Alicia W
Los Alamos, California
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  • Very good16%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
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“elephant seals” (212 reviews)
“hearst castle” (57 reviews)
“light house” (14 reviews)
15950 Cabrillo Highway, San Simeon, CA 93452
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Driving down the highway and pulled in, took a walk around and took pictures. Read the literature. The story is incredible how they have survived and recovered from less than 50 to their current herd size.

Thank David and Willa B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I've gone once a year for the past couple of years - it's wonderful! Things to know: wear layers - sometimes it's cold and windy, sometimes it's sunny and hot, there are no bathroom facilities anywhere near here, so plan ahead for that, and finally,...More

Thank Alicia W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Do not miss it out! Lots of elephant seals there enjoying the sun on the sandy beach. Very interesting place to visit after your visit to Hearst Castle.

Thank martavelvet
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you are at Hearst Castle, you should stop to see the Elephant seals. This area is undisturbed and you can see Elephant seals in their natural habitat. When we were there only young seals were present and they were in the process of resting...More

Thank jscoops
Reviewed 6 September 2017

This seaside is really a special place. There are during whole year several elephant seals in the differente stages of their life. This kind of wild animal has been endangered species and before the visit, I believed it was very hard to see them so...More

Thank Tarcisio P
Reviewed 27 August 2017

Very nice place to observe elephant seals without disturbing them, very helpful volunteer explaining a lot of things about them

Thank Babeth42100
Reviewed 18 August 2017 via mobile

We took a hike toward the lighthouse. They have lighthouse tours as well as viewing areas for the marine life. We ran into some ticks, so Beware.

Thank sun1967flower
Reviewed 17 August 2017

Fantastic place to see elephant seals ... pups playing with each other and grown ups relaxing and basking on the sun

Thank poplarkins
Reviewed 11 August 2017 via mobile

We passed through in August, when the seal population is at its minimum, but it was still amazing to see them up close in their natural habitat.

Thank matteoquattro
Reviewed 9 August 2017

they were all lounging around and there were some young bulls playing in the water. Wonderful sight. It was rather windy and cold for July weather, so make sure you have layers

Thank kbui12
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