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Address: 15950 Cabrillo Highway, San Simeon, CA 93452
Phone Number: 805-927-3719
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Elephant Seals at Piedras Blancas

If you want to see elephant seals as far as your eyes can see, this is the place to go. I went there in February and you could see scores of babies with their mommas. It was cool... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Maria G
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Los Angeles, California
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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

If you want to see elephant seals as far as your eyes can see, this is the place to go. I went there in February and you could see scores of babies with their mommas. It was cool to see how babies nurse. Yes, they do it the same way! The babies were definitely vocal. Parking is limited but it... More 

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Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited at the height of the calving season, so saw lots of babies with their mothers, as well as the impressive dominant males, protecting their territory. The long walkway gives an excellent view to many visitors at once. This is a not-to-be-missed sight for any nature lover.

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Bend, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The beach at Piedras Blancas hosts one of the most remarkable sights every winter. There were an estimated 10,000 elephants seals on the short sandy beach south of the lighthouse on the day we visited. . This creatures are ugly, huge, belligerent, smelly, and totally fascinating. They come to this beach to give birth and then to mate before returning... More 

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Totness, Suriname
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Completely amazing,great viewing without disturbing nature ,viewing platforms very well placed.There was a nature guide there just chatting to people which gave us much more Insite into the lives of these beautiful creatures

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Paso Robles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Big surprise and fun to view , great viewing platform to walk around and watch these giants that were once thought wiped out

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You will see and hear the elephant seals, dodge joggers, and smell the salty air. It's a beautiful location.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We finally got to see this light house and was worth the wait. You have to meet at a abandon hotel about a mile past the light house. Our tour guide was great and was full of information! My daughter and I enjoyed the trip and was amazed on all the renovations that have been done to this place with... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016

The place really stinks with smell of Seals. Nice place for Elephant Seal lovers. Not very comfortable as the place is quiet underdeveloped.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

We joined the 2 hour 9:45am tour. The weather was perfect, our volunteer guide volunteers at many of the locations in San Simeon, also having worked at Hearst Castle for a few decades. He was knowledgeable about both the local human and natural history.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2015 via mobile

My family and I enjoyed the tour. We wished that we could have seen more of the lighthouse. The scenery was beautiful! We had a very knowledgeable tour guide. It was very nice.

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