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Piedras Blancas

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15950 Cabrillo Highway, San Simeon, CA 93452
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“elephant seals” (221 reviews)
“hearst castle” (57 reviews)
“light house” (14 reviews)
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15950 Cabrillo Highway, San Simeon, CA 93452
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"elephant seals"
in 221 reviews
"hearst castle"
in 57 reviews
"light house"
in 14 reviews
"their natural habitat"
in 16 reviews
"lighthouse tour"
in 9 reviews
"great viewing"
in 5 reviews
"miles north of san simeon"
in 6 reviews
"vista point"
in 7 reviews
"young males"
in 9 reviews
"great stop"
in 12 reviews
"big sur"
in 13 reviews
"fun to watch"
in 11 reviews
"answer questions"
in 7 reviews
"viewing area"
in 7 reviews
"mating season"
in 5 reviews
"pups"
in 43 reviews
"animals"
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We expected to see a few seals on the beach, but we went at a good time. The beaches were packed with them. The rookery was closed to the public due to new pups being born, but you can see so many other seals that...More

Thank bsktdee
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I've never managed to fit the lighthouse into my travels up and down the coast and I'm a MAJOR lighthouse fan. But, this is the land of all of those elephant seals so read about them on one of my other post. They're a great...More

Thank robbiei468
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Interesting spot to stop on the drive, free parking and lots of seals. Worth the stop but we stayed less than 30 minutes. Bring lunch and its better..

Thank 630paul2
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Come visit this area after your Hearst Castle tour. dress in layers because it can get chilly with the wind but warm as you walk & hike.

Thank nmcc10
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

'A unique way to view the elephant seals, the light station, and epic views, The Boucher Trail is designated as an easy trail that is well-marked and well-maintained. It’s more about the views and wildlife than the workout' is what Highway1DiscoveryRoute.com states about the hike....More

Thank LoveCali4nia
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Reviewed 15 April 2018

So glad we stopped here to see the elephant seals after our visit to Hearts Castle. So incredible to see all the elephant seals hanging around the beach.

Thank Josh S
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Reviewed 2 April 2018

This place is fantastic! It is a few miles north of Hearst Castle and it was our favorite stop on the California Coast!! we saw at least 500 elephant Seals!! There are volunteers that will explain everything and they are really interesting!!! A must visit!!!

1  Thank DonHalazon
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Reviewed 10 March 2018

Early March is just the right time to see the rookery. The male elephant seals are at one end of the beach, the females and recently born pups are still together, lazing away the time. The rookery is little more than 25 years old, but...More

2  Thank operalover939
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Reviewed 5 March 2018

This is the best location to view elephant seals at any time of year. The view is most exciting during the mating season in January, and you can see the 60 pound pups in February. Even in March, the pups are still hanging around the...More

2  Thank mw_shreddy
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Reviewed 5 March 2018

Great viewing of the elephant seals in late February when the pups & slim downed bulls are still on the beach. Volunteer? seal expert was most helpful. Do you understand why this beach with all this seals does not stink?

1  Thank HowardOnHwy66
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