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Piedras Blancas

#3 of 14 things to do in San Simeon Features Animals
15950 Cabrillo Highway, San Simeon, CA 93452
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The elephant seals are amazing!

My understanding is this stretch of beach has become known as Elephant Seal Rookery because the... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Teresa B
Queen Creek, Arizona, United States
Elephant seals

We loved seeing the male seals interact and a tiny, little baby seal come out of the water! It is... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Saint Louis, Missouri
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15950 Cabrillo Highway, San Simeon, CA 93452
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Reviewed 2 days ago

My understanding is this stretch of beach has become known as Elephant Seal Rookery because the elephant seals have pretty much taken over. We loved our stop here and spent about 45 minutes watching 20-30 of them on the beach. A docent was on hand...More

Thank Teresa B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We loved seeing the male seals interact and a tiny, little baby seal come out of the water! It is very windy, so come prepared. However, it is totally worth it! We stayed at least 15-20 minutes enjoying the seals. It is a little hard...More

Thank LisaBW678
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Amazing place! You can see the elephant seals swimming, sun basing, sleeping, playing...they are so cute!

Thank TuristaFeliceAM
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Another lovely spot off the PCH just past Hearst Castle. We were there on a misty day, but still enjoyed our visit. Nice pier, adequate parking. Pretty picture spot.

Thank JLD_Cali70
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Who needs zoo's? This is how to observe nature in its real place, no animals are harmed here! Just hundreds of elephant seals, and what a wonderful sight.

Thank antant68
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I bring all of my out of town guests to see the elephant seals up here and many have told me that was the highlight of their trip, they are one of a kind.

Thank Ralph B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

An elephant seal rookery extends for 6 miles along the coast in the area of Piedras Blancas. You can spot hundreds of them resting on the beach during most times of the year. During June, females, after childbirth, nursing and weaning rest on the sand....More

Thank djsmd
Reviewed 4 June 2017 via mobile

Sea lions picked up this place to make their own beach, it's like a colony of them enjoying the beautiful area of San Simeon, there is a large parking area, also look out points are adequate and plenty of views of the coast, everyone will...More

Thank AlexinSUV
Reviewed 30 May 2017

Every spring, adult elephant seals come ashore to molt. At peak times, there may be almost no sand visible, because of the population of these creatures! There is a live cam there, so one can preview one's visit. Tripadvisor doesn't allow me to post with...More

1  Thank edq88222
Reviewed 25 May 2017 via mobile

I have never seen so many seals in once place. It was simply amazing. The boise they all made as they lay sunbathing was quite awesome.

Thank Karen P
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