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Piedras Blancas

15950 Cabrillo Highway, San Simeon, CA 93452
805-927-3719
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Ranked #2 of 12 Attractions in San Simeon
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Beaches, Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Activities: Viewing wildlife
Traveler Description: Three miles north of the turnoff to Hearst Castle, you'll find a parking lot overlooking a beach at Piedras Blancas. If it's Dec-Feb, the presence of... more »
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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

If one doesn't have the ability to see the much larger rookery farther north in California then this is the next best thing. The parking lot is large and easily accessible and in 2 minutes you are seeing the seals! Unlike Ano Nuevo where one must walk a ways... The time of year that you visit determines what you are... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

We have stopped here at the seal rookery several times on our way or way back from northern CA. It is a fascinating little stop outside of San Simeon. Fun to watch the e seals scooch out of the water to tbe sand and position themselves and flicking sand. Great for little kids to see too.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

You will not regret stopping here. You may think you'll just take a quick look, but those elephant seals were FASCINATING to watch! It was amazing to watch them inch themselves up onto the sand from the water to watch them throw sand on top of themselves to cool off. There was also a lovely walking trail and I noticed... More

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Lake Elsinore CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

If you are in the area, this is a must stop. Elephant seals sunning their selves on the beach. Better than the zoo. Plenty of free parking. Viewing area is on top of a hill side. but their are areas that wheel chairs are accessible. Area can be very windy.

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Palm Coast, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

This is a perfect spot to watch the seals. Tons of photo ops, but most fascinating is to watch them interact with each other. It is a perfect location, easy to pull over short walk.

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Jurupa Valley
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

There is no reason not to drive 3-4 miles north of Hearst Castle to see the Elephant Seal Rookery. The best months to see pups are December and January. They are fascinating to watch. Kids will love them. There are usually a few docents nearby that do some limited talks as you watch. Good photo ops. I'd budget a minimum... More

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Boone, North Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

It was definitely neat getting to watch the seals, since I live in the mountains and don't see that every day. It was very smelly and they just laid around mostly. They were kind of funny, though, with their mannerisms. Not a must see but a neat stop if you have the time.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014 via mobile

This spot is right on the road and is a 5 or 20 minute stop. This is an absolute must see There were hundreds of elephant seals along the beach fighting, swimming sleeping and hollering. This is one of the wildest spots I've ever been, straight out of national geographic

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Toronto
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Right off of Highway One near Hearst Castle is this elephant seal rookery, home to hundreds of these huge and amazing animals. This is our second visit here, and it is free....just park and view. You can watch for hours as the animals swim, and move on and off shore (no small task, lol), and there are often young ones,... More

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Downers Grove, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Great stop to observe and learn about these amazing animals. Lots of volunteers walk through the crowd pointing out interesting facts about the seals, sharing information and answering questions. Definitely recommend stopping and checking it out, you'll surprise yourself on how long you stay and watch.

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