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Piedras Blancas

Address: 15950 Cabrillo Highway, San Simeon, CA 93452
Phone Number: 805-927-3719
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Ranked #2 of 12 Attractions in San Simeon
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Beaches, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoor Activities, Nature & Parks
Activities: Viewing wildlife
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Type: Beaches, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoor Activities, Nature & Parks
Activities: Viewing wildlife
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Riverbank, California
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29 reviews 29 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

Check out Piedras Blanca State Beach, just south of Piedra Blanca Lighthouse near San Simeon California. The Sea Elephants are so close to the visitors you feel like you couls almost touch them. This time of year there are nearly a thousand on the beach. Every thing from very mature bull males to mothers and their NEW borns. The park... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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7 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

If you are in a party of less than 10, go straight to the Piedras Blancas motel just a few miles past the light house at 9:45 am to join the tour without reservations. Fees are $10 for adults and $5 for kids 6-17. The tour is guided by volunteers who are knowledgeable about the lighthouse and the surrounding flora... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

If you're travelling the PCH, this is a must see along the way. Hundreds of seals lazing on the beach. We were lucky to see a newborn as well, pointed out excitedly by one of the devoted volunteers who spend all day watching them. During the winter months, young males try to muscle in on the older patriarchs, and a... More 

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california
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54 reviews 54 reviews
20 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

Elephant Seal in their natural hábitat, not to Miss If you are Bear CA 1, my husband, daughter and I really enjoy it, We also see some cute pups too.

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Fremont, California, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

Especially at dusk. The ocean the light the seals so much peace. An amazing calmness descends as u watch the grandiosity of the ocean.

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Toronto, Canada
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93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

Just north of San Simeon at a pull off called Vista Point, we walked along the fenced path overlooking these sea giants lolling on the beach and some frolicking in the surf. The posted information was very helpful and the docent we met was both friendly and helpful. We walked about a mile in one direction and back and as... More 

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Bakersfield, California
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15 reviews 15 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

Luckily, we passed by the tour meeting place just as the group gathered. We realized what was going on, flipped a U-turn, and sped back to make the tour. Tours are limited to a few days a week and only from 9:45 to noon. Otherwise, there is no entry onto the grounds so we felt very fortunate to be there.... More 

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Medford, Massachusetts
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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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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