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Piedras Blancas

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Address: 15950 Cabrillo Highway, San Simeon, CA 93452
Phone Number: 805-927-3719
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Activities: Viewing wildlife

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Worth the stop if you are nearby

This is a GREAT place to stop and view elephants seals in the wild. You are not WAY far away from their, either. They are 15 feet away, down the sand dune and you are behind a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 2, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

This is a GREAT place to stop and view elephants seals in the wild. You are not WAY far away from their, either. They are 15 feet away, down the sand dune and you are behind a short fence so it is completely safe BTW, keep a lookout for the ground squirrels. They are very cute, too

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Sierra Vista, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

While on a recent road trip to California we were able to view a very interesting place known as the Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal Rookery located a few miles north of San Simeon and Hearst Castle. This is the only place other than the Channel Islands where approximately 17,000 of these mammals spend time resting and doing their thing. They... More 

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Trabuco Canyon, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

This is a fantastic place to see Elephant seals up close and personal, they are here yr around so anytime you come down or go up the coast stop by and visit them ,If you have time talk to a docent so you can learn the behavior of these magnificent mammals

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

SAFE BET: WE WERE PLEASANTLY SURPRISED ABOUT THIS 2 HOUR TOUR! For a great tour experience, don't miss this gem of the California Central Coast. Honestly, we almost passed on this tour, thinking it might be a little--**boring**--. IT WAS NOT....Our family of 5 (three 20+year olds and two in our 50s) all agreed that this is a bargain for... More 

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Manhattan Beach, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

Try to visit during December/January/February. This is when the pups are born. They have improved the site tremendously from when we first began visiting there.

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San Bernardino, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

My husband and I have driven past the lighthouse many times and said that we should go on the tour. This time we happen to be there on the day they were giving The tour. You meet at the deserted motel above the lighthouse and pay the $10 fee there. You caravan in your own vehicle behind one of the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

On the Big Sur this is one of the mainland beaches where the Elephant seals have expanded to. Enjoy the scenic view and see the seals. Its free and there is easy parking.

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Huntington Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

Got to stop by to see tons of seals just laying on the shore! With easy access along the highway, you can't miss this.

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Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

Stop by this elephant seal colony for a very close view of these amazing animals. The view area, which is right off of the highway, is well marked with plenty of parking. You can walk along the trail which is adjacent to the beach and view the fabulous seals. They are incredible to see.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

It's easy to park on the lot in front of the beach. Bring a wind jacket; even if the weather was sunny and warm in San Luis, here it was windy and freezing! We could see the lions from a short distance, could not get on the beach. Anyway the smell would prevent me from that. Be warned if you... More 

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Address: Address: 15950 Cabrillo Highway, San Simeon, CA 93452
Phone Number: 805-927-3719
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Luis Obispo County  >  San Simeon

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