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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 delight it is to elephant seal watch. Bring binoculars and a camera. Lots of people come but there is plenty of space to see. We also saw an otter playing which was a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 1, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

What a delight it is to elephant seal watch. Bring binoculars and a camera. Lots of people come but there is plenty of space to see. We also saw an otter playing which was a bonus.

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Weston, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

Piedras Blancas is a beautiful rugged beach worth a stop and a few photos. It also is home to enormous elephant seals. What an incredible sight! Really worth a stop!

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Greater Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Saw the elephant seals here - it was a MUST SEE!! Life changing watching the seals lounge and joust on the shores. The squirrels are plentiful and are cheeky little beggars who can't wait for you to hand them food! This attraction is only good for about 20 minutes before setting down for the day in San Simeon and heading... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

So glad we heard about this and stopped to see the elephant seals. Really neat experience to watch them on the beach and in the water. The ground squirrels near where you park your car are pretty cute too! There was a volunteer on hand to answer questions about the seals and that was nice.

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Lake Elsinore, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

This stop is easy to make whether you're traveling north or south. The parking lot is large and often very busy, but I've always found a spot. There are plenty of viewing areas to see these giant elephant seals up close. There are viewing decks at both ends, so be sure to explore. Not only will you see these great... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

This is a GREAT place to stop and view elephants seals in the wild. You are not WAY far away from their, either. They are 15 feet away, down the sand dune and you are behind a short fence so it is completely safe BTW, keep a lookout for the ground squirrels. They are very cute, too

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Sierra Vista, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

While on a recent road trip to California we were able to view a very interesting place known as the Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal Rookery located a few miles north of San Simeon and Hearst Castle. This is the only place other than the Channel Islands where approximately 17,000 of these mammals spend time resting and doing their thing. They... More 

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Trabuco Canyon, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

This is a fantastic place to see Elephant seals up close and personal, they are here yr around so anytime you come down or go up the coast stop by and visit them ,If you have time talk to a docent so you can learn the behavior of these magnificent mammals

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

SAFE BET: WE WERE PLEASANTLY SURPRISED ABOUT THIS 2 HOUR TOUR! For a great tour experience, don't miss this gem of the California Central Coast. Honestly, we almost passed on this tour, thinking it might be a little--**boring**--. IT WAS NOT....Our family of 5 (three 20+year olds and two in our 50s) all agreed that this is a bargain for... More 

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Manhattan Beach, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

Try to visit during December/January/February. This is when the pups are born. They have improved the site tremendously from when we first began visiting there.

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Address: 15950 Cabrillo Highway, San Simeon, CA 93452
Phone Number: 805-927-3719
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Luis Obispo County  >  San Simeon

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