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“Another must see on your trip down the California Coast” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Piedras Blancas

Piedras Blancas
15950 Cabrillo Highway, San Simeon, CA 93452
805-927-3719
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Ranked #2 of 12 Attractions in San Simeon
Type: Beaches, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Landmarks
Activities: Viewing wildlife
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Morris County, NJ
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“Another must see on your trip down the California Coast”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2012

At first we drove by and it did not look too impressive, so we kept on going. As we passed it, we saw a lot of seals on the beach and we had to turn around. It was worth it. What a great spot to see all these animals just sitting there. It is almost beyond description. This is right on the coast highway, just north of Hearst Castle and should not be missed.

Visited September 2012
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“Elephant seals everywhere”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2012

We unexpectedly pulled over to see what the cars, crowd and commotion was about to discover an area with 50 or so elephant seals sunning themselves on the beach. It was quite a site!

Visited August 2012
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Los Angeles, California
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“Northern Elephant Seals”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2012

They're there every time we come, and they're always fascinating! We also enjoyed watching the pelicans diving into the sea. It's a gorgeous location -- and it's a FREE activity!

Visited August 2012
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Phoenix, Arizona
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“Amazing elephant seal rookery a must see”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2012

I was told that it was even better in February and March when the huge males come in to mate and the females are having babies

Visited May 2012
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“Don´t miss it”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2012

I went to San Simeon intending to visit Hearst Castle. In the middle of the road (Highway 1), I saw a big parking lot with many cars in there.I decided to stop.

What a surprise!!! A vista point to a beach with many elephants seals in there own nature.

Excellent expirience specially if you are with children.

Totally free!!!!

Visited July 2012
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