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Elephant Seal Rookery

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Well worth a visit.

If Driving route 1 you must stop here. It's free, and lovely. So great to see the elephant seals... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Canterbury, United Kingdom
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Very cool for a short visit

Stop and stretch your legs! We were here in early November. There were dozens of elephant seals... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Mark C
Barrington, New Jersey
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

If Driving route 1 you must stop here. It's free, and lovely. So great to see the elephant seals sun bathing and chilling on the beach!

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Reviewed 4 days ago

Stop and stretch your legs! We were here in early November. There were dozens of elephant seals making weird noises and being kinda stinky. Definitely worth a stop of you're driving by. Not worth a special trip.

Thank Mark C
Reviewed 1 week ago

Very interesting spot to see the elephant seals in their rookery. The pups won't come for a few months but they are gathering now. Docents are there to answer questions and the viewing area gets you up close.

Thank wally2mc
Reviewed 1 week ago

If your are on the go, you can stop to check them out, not worth too much of your time, maybe it is because i am not a big animal lover. My wife did enjoy it.

Thank Andy1BGB
Reviewed 1 week ago

A substantial number of females and juveniles were present in early November, although the beach was not filled. A few juvenile males were learning to fight. If you are in the area, this is a must visit.

1  Thank Nathan O
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Although we've visited when there were considerably more seals,it still was so entertaining. The walkway makes it easy to view and the shoreline is beautiful. They had a small brochure available(free)that was very informative

2  Thank beachgirl5514
Reviewed 1 week ago

Its a really interesting site too see a couple of hundred of these things in there natural habitat. Kids and friends loved it

Thank Brad G
Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is awesome. We really enjoyed watching all of the elephant seals laying around and playing. The boardwalk is great, and close enough to see them well. You do not have to walk far to see them. The area is well marked and there...More

2  Thank Elizabeth H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were unsure if we would see the seals as it’s not the recommend time to visit. We weren’t disappointed though. Lots of adolescent males testing out their strength. There’s a well designed boardwalk that allows everyone to get a really good view without disturbing...More

2  Thank Sue V
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have visited this Elephant Seal Rookery many times. But in October, there was not the usual amount of male seals, female seals and young pups there on the beach. Best time to visit is probably February and March. There would be thousands of seals...More

1  Thank Ed J
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September 27, 2018|
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Response from robbiei468 | Reviewed this property |
As in above, you can't miss it. Have a great time.
August 1, 2018|
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Response from landusd | Reviewed this property |
It is a long way between the two... At more than a 4 hour drive. We were at Yosemite and drove to San Francisco , then down the coast to San Simeon. That was 2 days of driving / sightseeing.
February 24, 2018|
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Response from grocks63 | Reviewed this property |
Certainly not. I don't know if it's 24/7, but it's open all day.