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Piedras Blancas

15950 Cabrillo Highway, San Simeon, CA 93452
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Ranked #2 of 12 attractions in San Simeon
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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Jurupa Valley
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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

There is no reason not to drive 3-4 miles north of Hearst Castle to see the Elephant Seal Rookery. The best months to see pups are December and January. They are fascinating to watch. Kids will love them. There are usually a few docents nearby that do some limited talks as you watch. Good photo ops. I'd budget a minimum... More

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Boone, North Carolina
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014 NEW

It was definitely neat getting to watch the seals, since I live in the mountains and don't see that every day. It was very smelly and they just laid around mostly. They were kind of funny, though, with their mannerisms. Not a must see but a neat stop if you have the time.

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New York City, New York
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014 via mobile

This spot is right on the road and is a 5 or 20 minute stop. This is an absolute must see There were hundreds of elephant seals along the beach fighting, swimming sleeping and hollering. This is one of the wildest spots I've ever been, straight out of national geographic

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149 helpful votes 149 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Right off of Highway One near Hearst Castle is this elephant seal rookery, home to hundreds of these huge and amazing animals. This is our second visit here, and it is free....just park and view. You can watch for hours as the animals swim, and move on and off shore (no small task, lol), and there are often young ones,... More

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Downers Grove, Illinois
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9 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Great stop to observe and learn about these amazing animals. Lots of volunteers walk through the crowd pointing out interesting facts about the seals, sharing information and answering questions. Definitely recommend stopping and checking it out, you'll surprise yourself on how long you stay and watch.

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New York
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8 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

This observation point which is 3 miles north of San Simeon allows you to get very close to these amazing creatures (the elephant seals) and we visited in May when the females and youngsters were laying on the beach and resting. It's more interesting in the winter when the males are competing on the beach but it was still very... More

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014 via mobile

Amazing place! We really enjoy to see the sea lions in their beach, we were so close. It really worth to stop for a while and watch them. Dress warm, it is really windy!

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

Pretty cool to see. We didn't stop long but I'd recommend a quick look. It's pretty cool how many seals are there at one time.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

Amazing scenery, wildlife and history. Despite the chilly wind the tour guide kept us interested the whole time, such a mine of information and with a great sense of humour. Beautiful flowers and bird life. Takes of shipwrecks and information about the sparten live lived at the Lighthouse. I learnt such a lot. All that and fresh air and exercise... More

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San Diego, California
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39 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

For years we have been stopping by to see the elephant seals every time we have driven along Highway 1 and it is a "must see" as far as we're concerned. There are 2 parking lots with plenty of room to park and a boardwalk along the bluff overlooking the seals which connects both. Docents are available to answer questions.... More

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