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Address: 15950 Cabrillo Highway, San Simeon, CA 93452
Phone Number: 805-927-3719
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WildLife MUST !!!

The Seals who only congregate on this stretch of beach is an amazing sight to see. We spent a short time here but next time will set aside half a day to view. We will come back... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Deana S
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Torrance, California
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Torrance, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The Seals who only congregate on this stretch of beach is an amazing sight to see. We spent a short time here but next time will set aside half a day to view. We will come back during breeding season. SO cool seeing the seals in their natural habitat.

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Larkspur, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 227 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This place has elephant seals (in spring), a historic lighthouse, beautiful beaches with powerful waves crashing into the rocks, awesome hiking trails and boardwalks, lovely wildflowers and sea grasses and much more. This is one of the most pristine with nature places on earth. Let's all help keep it that way.

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Orange County, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Piedras Blancas Lighthouse sits on a very scenic point along the Central California coast. You can visit the lighthouse for free and take advantage of docent-led tours.

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Miami, Fl
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The elephant seals are such an amazing experience. They are in their natural habitat and not caged in or in a zoo. The weather was windy and in the 60s but only required a jacket. It's peaceful and worth a stop on your ride up Or down the PCH.

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Edwardsville, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I did not do a lot of research before but September seems to be a pretty light season for the seals & sea lions. We only saw about 10 but I have heard the beach can be packed. I highly recommend going at a different time because I am sure it is pretty amazing!

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Saint Charles, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Wow. We just happened on this, driving along HWY 1. Incredible close viewings of many male elephant seals in molting stage. There are a few volunteer guides along the boardwalk, that are a wealth of knowledge. If you see cars pulled over, you know there is animal action! 4 miles north of Hearst Castle and 14 miles north of Cambria.... More 

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Brick Township, New Jersey, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What a sight to see! Some where very active! There where also cute small squirrels running around. Glad we stopped here and took some pictures.

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Cheshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 weeks ago 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 5 weeks ago

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

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