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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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Elephant seals!

Stop by this elephant seal colony for a very close view of these amazing animals. The view area, which is right off of the highway, is well marked with plenty of parking. You... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 23, 2015
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Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
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Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

Stop by this elephant seal colony for a very close view of these amazing animals. The view area, which is right off of the highway, is well marked with plenty of parking. You can walk along the trail which is adjacent to the beach and view the fabulous seals. They are incredible to see.

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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

It's easy to park on the lot in front of the beach. Bring a wind jacket; even if the weather was sunny and warm in San Luis, here it was windy and freezing! We could see the lions from a short distance, could not get on the beach. Anyway the smell would prevent me from that. Be warned if you... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Two days prior we visited the elephant seal colony at Año Nuevo State Park. It was a 3 mile/5K round trip walk; some on gravel paths, but the last sections climbing up and down sand dunes...none of that effort required here! Just park and walk over to the shoreline! Right off the highway with very easy access. The volunteers are... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

We went on the Saturday morning tour of Piedras Blancas lighthouse. It's a guided tour given by the park service. They meet at the old Piedras Blancas hotel at 9:30am and escort drivers in groups to the lighthouse site. Tour guides are knowledgeable and passionate about the history of the Lighthouse and surrounding buildings. Even after 2 hours, I wanted... More 

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Odense, Denmark
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

This is a really nice coastline. And its free to stop and watch the elephant seals. There are volunteers who knows a lot about the seals.

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Yucaipa, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Like many of the beaches along the Central California coast, Piedras Blancas has beautiful cliffs and coastline. The bonus are the seals that hang out in this area with their pups. It is a free attraction, unless you go to the Piedras Blancas light house for a tour. Across the hwy look for zebras that come down to graze from... More 

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Redding, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

I saw the sign for the elephant seals and asked my husband if we could drive in and stop. Boy, I am so glad we did as we were amazed at all the elephant seals and the beauty of the area. We stayed there for over an hour--could have stayed longer-watching the seals interact. I wished we had had more... More 

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Benicia, California
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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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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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