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

If you are driving along the Big Sur, make sure that you stop off to view the Elephant Seals which come ashore to breed, sleep and occasionally fight.

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

If you are driving along the Big Sur, make sure that you stop off to view the Elephant Seals which come ashore to breed, sleep and occasionally fight.

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Palm Springs
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

From San Simeon CA, head north from Hearst Castle onto California Highway 1, for about four and a half miles. Located just off the west side of Highway 1, the parking lot is open to the public and is just a short distance from the Boardwalk overlooking the beach area and the elephant seals. So many elephant seals to see... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

The beach was covered with huge elephant seals! They aren't very active so you don't need a long time to stop but they are something to see.

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Rancho Santa fe
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Good viewing of lots and lots of elephant seals. Pups wadling around the beach and bulls barking loudly and jousting with each other.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Must see!!!! The tour of Piedras Blancas Lighthouse was amazing. So much history and info about the wildlife and coast. The weather wasn't that great the day I went but it was still completely worth it.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Amazing and educational. Great job my the fans of the rare Elephant Seals. Go and admire- could hardly leave the place!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Right on the California Route 1, the Pacific Coast Highway...a colony of Elephant Seals...and you can get within 20 feet! This was a special place to stop off, it was like participating in a David Attenborough wildlife documentary. The seals are right beside the walkway along the beach, fighting, sleeping, jostling for comfy positions and some are even swimming (and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

What an amazing sight. A must to visit they were gorgeous . Easy to get acces too. There was a coastal advisor there answering any questions

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

I never knew this place was here. Used to go up to Big Sur in the 60s and never saw this. It is well worth a stop!!! You can spend an hour or two here just watching the Elephant Seals. You have to stop.... (see other review on the Rookery).. Take a camera - cell phone!!! You need pictures!!! The... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

I usually come here in February or March to see the baby Seals. But this was also great to see the Large males molting, the young males learning to fight . Was great..Also went just 2 mile North to tour the Piedras Blancas Light House State Park..well worth the $10-2 hour walking tour.

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