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Address: 15950 Cabrillo Highway, San Simeon, CA 93452
Phone Number: 805-927-3719
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Activities: Viewing wildlife

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What a great stop! There were hundreds upon hundreds of elephant seals. Most were female and lots of pups. They were wonderful to watch. Many were shedding - so… um.. Be prepared... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 10, 2015
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Benicia, California
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Benicia, California
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49 reviews 49 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

What a great stop! There were hundreds upon hundreds of elephant seals. Most were female and lots of pups. They were wonderful to watch. Many were shedding - so… um.. Be prepared to hold your nose :)

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cary,nc
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Stop by to see nature at it's best. We were there in April where the seals were "molting". That's when the seals grow new skin. What I thought was amusing & I don't know why it looked like the seals were using their flippers to bury themselves in the sand. From what I read if you visit the beach in... More 

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Rancho Santa Margarita
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25 reviews 25 reviews
8 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

This was an interesting tour, but 2 1/2 hours was way too much for one lighthouse. We couldn't even climb up to the lighthouse, and part of it wasn't even there.

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Lake Oswego, Oregon
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

I didn't want to write a review about Piedras Blancas, because I wanted to keep this place a secret. When visiting Ojai, I always research the area to see if there were any good hiking places. I stumbled across the Piedras Blancas area from the state park website. What an incredible area. The white rocks were a pillowy wonderland of... More 

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Red Bluff, California, United States
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52 reviews 52 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

We really enjoyed our stop here! There were tons of people here looking, but there was no trouble finding a spot to view from! We saw bulls fighting, pups yelping, moms indolently rolling over to nurse. It was funny to hear my husband and many other men there getting excited about an impending fight, like they were at a WWE... More 

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Vernon, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

Not to be missed if you are traveling Highway # 1. At first you think there is just a bunch of oval, flat rocks lying on the beach and then you hear them! Gargles, grunts, snorts, belches, bleats, whimpers, squeaks, squeals - those rocks are alive! We watched and listened until our noses and toes were cold. What a privilege... More 

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Asheville
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Seeing the elephant seals at Piedras Blancas is a great way for the whole family to see nature up close. In February, you'll find young seals with their mothers, see adult pairs mate, and can listen to all the amazing bellowing sounds they make. Their sizes alone are incredible; males grow to nearly 16 feet and weigh over two tons... More 

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Framlingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015 via mobile

We were there in August and we're pleasantly surprised by how many elephant seals were present, sunning themselves on the beaches or playing in the surf. Was told that the huge males were actually only about half the size of the really big bulls that are present in the breeding season. No pups or females at the end of the... More 

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Moose Lake, Minnesota
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

We made this beach our destination in January, after we saw the elephant seal females and juveniles here in June and we were NOT disappointed! The huge bulls were there as were the cows and their newly born pups and it was amazing. The action, the smell, the sounds-- all right there for you. The docents volunteering there were so... More 

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Arlington, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

Great stop, This is the same place as the elephant seal rookery, so don't look for two locations. Great experience, wish I had my grandkids with me.

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