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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, Landmarks
Activities: Viewing wildlife
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Medford, Massachusetts
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

I'm so glad we stopped here, as this was one of the highlights of my trip to California. After leaving Hearst Castle (another highlight), we were following the coast road north and saw the turnoff for the Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal Rookery. There is a free parking lot with signs that direct you to the best place to see the... More

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WINTER HAVEN
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

We drove up to see the seals from Cambria with our grandchildren thinking it would be a great learning experience for them. And us. We were all completely fascinated! There was a docent there who was very knowledgeable and answered all our many questions. She had pictures available as well as hands on items. It is well worth a stop... More

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Astoria oregon
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192 attraction reviews
387 helpful votes 387 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

The Pacific Ocean and beaches are unparrelleled beauty. Creation at its very best. This is an absolute must see and be on ones itinerary when visiting this part of the world. Return? Yes. Recommend? Yes.

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Swindon
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81 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

Stopped here while driving up the PCH and enjoyed having a close up look at the seals. When we stopped here there were only a couple of other people so it was really quiet and all you could hear was the surf and the seals. Got to spend some time just watching seals do their thing with the stunning backdrop... More

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Santa Cruz, CA
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014 via mobile

A lovely beach and bluffs that provide shelter for elephant seals, and a perfect spot for shutterbugs to photograph the wildlife and the rocks of Piedras Blancas. The beach is a perfect spot for sunning/snoozing seals, and the bluffs sport many lovely coves where you can watch them frolic. An hour flew by on the sunny day we visited. A... More

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Toronto, Canada
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4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

The view of these Elephant Seals on their Haul Out was spectacular. We spoke with a guide who gave us wonderful information about the young adolescents we were watching as well as the history of the population. From only 50 surviving seals there is now a population of over 20 000. Watching the behaviours of the young males was a... More

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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

We would have loved this part of our trip a little more had we been able to make our way down to explore the lighthouse. But it was all gated off up at the road.

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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41 attraction reviews
107 helpful votes 107 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

What a gem this light station is. Now run by the BLM, access is limited to guided tours. It is worth the group experience to reserve a place on the tour — so much in demand that on a Saturday morning several tours were going out — with multiple guides on hand. Our guide was truly excellent — a lover... More

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San Diego, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

This place is so special! The guides are amazing and answer all of your questions. It is so peaceful here. You learn about the history of the area as well as the wildlife. We saw sea otters and dolphins! It was a fantastic time!

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Los Angeles, California
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10 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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