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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 2013
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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Agoura, California
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65 reviews 65 reviews
31 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

The Elephant seals are still there. We weren't sure they would still be on the beach this late in the season. There were hundreds of them rolling about. The young males are trying to learn how to spar, while the rest of the group lays about molting. Great picture opportunity. The parking lot is easy to find, and there are... More

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San Jose, California
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39 reviews 39 reviews
19 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

I have been disappointed before but this was one that I could have avoided. I wasn't looking for a tour I was looking to photograph the area around the light house perhaps with the light house in it only to be turned down with closed signs and trails that were blocked. The tours are limited on which days and times... More

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Aliso Viejo, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

Definitely worth the stop. You can stop for 5 minutes or watch the seals for hours. We hung out for an hour just before sunset and I had to drag my kids back to the car. They were equally fascinated with the squirrels who followed them around thinking they might get some food. I took about 100 amazing pictures of... More

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Lake Grove, New York
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21 reviews 21 reviews
13 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

This was a wonderful 2 hour tour...very organized and informative. The grounds and the outbuildings are very interesting. Lovely day overall!

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Story City, Iowa
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

Free, educational and a unique experience. One of those places to put on a "must see before I die" list (IMO). We went in February, the active time for Elephant Seals. Also whale spouts were spotted all along the horizon. A short stop would be fine if there's not enough time but a longer stay did us well, we soaked... More

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El Paso, Texas
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

I visit Piedras Blancas by chance when I drive throught CA Rt 1. This is my first time to see so many seals and elephant seals. It's amazing that they can live in the coast so cozily. Learn a lot knowledges about elephant seals. It's funny than watch animal planet channel :)

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Manhattan Beach, California
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2014

I could not have timed my visit any better!! Just by chance, I happened to be in the area for the weekend and I sure hit the jackpot for prime Elephant Seal viewing season! Just up the coast from Cambria, just past the Hearst Castle sigh, you will see a sign for Elephant Seal Viewing Vista. There are several places... More

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Santa Rosa, California
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2014

Fabulous place to view the elephant seals at their best. We are so fortunate that this area has been preserved and the seals are going strong

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San Diego, California
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81 reviews 81 reviews
31 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014

It doesn't get any better than this to see wildlife so close. We saw several births today (Jan) and in other months you see the giant bulls fighting - it's like the Nat Geo channel 50 feet in front of you! You see mating, fighting, births ... the entire elephant seal cycle depending on when you visit. This is one... More

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Fountain Valley
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

Never been in a lighthouse before and this was an up close and personal look at what life was like for the caretakers and their families. The docents were well informed and shared the information well with the guests.

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