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Ano Nuevo State Reserve

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New Years Creek Road, Pescadero, CA
+1 650-879-2025
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Elephant seals

I helped chaperone for a 5th grade school field trip. We had a tour through the park to the ocean... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Cynth H
A great place to visit all year round to see elephant seals

Ano Nuevo state reserve is about 55 miles south of San Francisco and well worth the visit any time... read more

Reviewed 13 March 2018
Sarah B
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London, United Kingdom
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Home to the largest mainland seal colony in the world.
  • Excellent71%
  • Very good23%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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New Years Creek Road, Pescadero, CA
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"sand dunes"
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"their natural habitat"
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I helped chaperone for a 5th grade school field trip. We had a tour through the park to the ocean where there were so many elephant seals with their young. It was a fairly long walk, about 1.5 miles to the beach, but it was...More

Thank Cynth H
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Reviewed 13 March 2018

Ano Nuevo state reserve is about 55 miles south of San Francisco and well worth the visit any time of the year. There is a $10 parking fee and it is highly recommended to book your guided tour, at $7 per person in advance. You...More

Thank Sarah B
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Reviewed 26 February 2018 via mobile

Amazing place to visit at any time of year. We’ve been here a few times at different times of year. The reserve is beautiful and has a lovely beach that you can get down to. This time it was mating season for the elephant seals...More

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Reviewed 12 February 2018 via mobile

I have been coming here since the 60's. it had been a while since I have taken the tour so I went with my son and 2 grandkids. It's really and amazing thing to see those large seals so close and all of the vocalizations...More

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Reviewed 11 February 2018 via mobile

When there are no people there it feels kind a desolate but it is a very nice looking nature place and you can see the ocean and it’s very quiet and soft and I like coming there when I am in the area

Thank Alzor S
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Reviewed 20 January 2018 via mobile

One of the best experiences related to state reserves I've had. We visited in January and the whether was great, in that season all is there big sea elephant males, females with puppies, you can see males fighting, small puppies and all amazingly close. Check...More

Thank Julio075
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Reviewed 3 January 2018 via mobile

We arrived early on December 26 with hopes of getting tickets to a guided tour to see the elephant seals on the beaches. During mating season, visitors must go with a guide. It was a beautiful place and amazing animals. Our tour guide Joe was...More

Thank Bayney
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Reviewed 30 December 2017 via mobile

Make sure you book ahead for Ano Nuevo, particularly if you want to go at the weekend. The best time to go is typically mid December to the end of February, when the alpha males are beating up the beta males in order to claim...More

Thank Stephen F
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Reviewed 24 December 2017

We visited Ano Nuevo (thus named because the area was first sighted by explorers on New Year's Day) in late December. We had pre-purchased tickets for the elephant seal tour for a nominal fee; a good thing since they were completely sold out for the...More

Thank SnowyShasta
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Reviewed 22 December 2017

We had an outstanding guide for our view of the elephant seals. We saw a great many and only one bellowing. We saw some year-old seals and some grand old 12 year olds. Much of the 2.5 mile walk was on boards or flat land...More

Thank 22Janjim20
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TravelManiac214
25 April 2017|
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Response from AmySue1981 | Reviewed this property |
I think you can always see seals here, but the number varies by season. We were there in March and the weaning seals were just getting ready to head out to sea for the first time. There were very few adults, and everything... More
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Yemotoc
17 December 2014|
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Response from OldeBear | Reviewed this property |
Hi Folks, Ano Nuevo is not in a populated area. As one result of this, the wildlife is quite abundant. This means lots of bird species as well as the Elephant Seals, Steller's and California Sea Lions etc. Food will take... More
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