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Address: 15950 Cabrillo Highway, San Simeon, CA 93452
Phone Number: 805-927-3719
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Make time to stop

So you are cruising along Highway 1 taking in the scenery and you get a chance to stop at Piedras Blancas to see the elephant seals. Stop! This is a free activity, it only takes... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Syd_The_Sloth
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Cheshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

So you are cruising along Highway 1 taking in the scenery and you get a chance to stop at Piedras Blancas to see the elephant seals. Stop! This is a free activity, it only takes 10 minutes to wonder and laugh at these huge ugly brutes as they shuffle and wallow about on the beach. This was one of the... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Pull over off Pacific Highway and check this place out!! There are 100's of elephant seals here just lying on the beach so close to you. Watch and photograph them swimming in, flicking sand, fighting for leadership, farting, growling or just simply lying there sun bathing! Fantastic place and a really must see!!!

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Sam Leandro, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Beautiful area. Great views. Lots of Elephant Seals! The volunteers are very knowledgeable. We had a great time.

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Perris, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

This is great free tour on the gay to Big Sur or just to complete your visit to the Hearts Castle, is always nice to look to nature on they're natural habitat.Depend on the month of the year you can have a lots of sea elephants, or moms with pup's.Kids all ages really enjoy to visit this place.

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Camarillo, Ca
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Piedras is just one of the magnificent sights along the coast drive from San Simeon and Monterrey For maximum enjoyment you need to leave San Simeon no later than 6 AM. Traffic on Hwy 1 can be maddening later in the day with motorhomes and gawkers at 20 mph. Leave at 6 and you will have the road to yourself... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I think that Piedras Blancas and the Elephant Seal Rookery are the same thing, but one is to the north of the parking lot and the other is south. For more information look at the Elephant Seal Rookery which is formally called: Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal Rookery. There are nice docents if you go at the right times.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stopped after tour of Hearst Castle- It was molting season so there were not quite as many seals on the beach, but there were still a lot- and there was activity- they were so interesting and fun to watch. A very nice docent approached us and offered to answer any questions- very informative- delightful way to spend a while-... More 

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Fullerton, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This place is great for seeing these creatures among the wonderful views of the central coast. I am jealous that they get to lounge in the sand and surf all day. It's cool to see them laying on the beach and swimming around. If you bring some binoculars you might be able to see sea otters out in the kelp... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Basque in the sounds and movements of these great creatures. Went in November and there were hundreds lying on the beach. This July not so many but still enough to enjoy and take photos. Beware the squirrels have become non afraid of people and they will come right up to you.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016

Went to the rookery again with my 8 year old grandson. This time of year the sub-adult and some adult males are molting and sparring . It is a great trip for all .

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