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Elephant Seal Rookery

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Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, CA
+1 805-924-1628
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Worth making a stop to see the hundreds of seals basking on the beach

Great to see the 'pups' (all 350 lbs of them each) playing in the sea and the Males (all 5,000 lbs... read more

Reviewed February 18, 2017
Kevan W
Ashford, United Kingdom

The seals were a wonderful surprise to see. We feel very fortunate to have seen them. There were so... read more

Reviewed February 16, 2017
winjhuisman H
Sundre, Canada
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Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, CA
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Reviewed February 18, 2017

Great to see the 'pups' (all 350 lbs of them each) playing in the sea and the Males (all 5,000 lbs of them) laying in the sun or contesting with each other. Fantastic sight and great noise they make. Parking was easy and plentiful.

Thank Kevan W
Reviewed February 16, 2017

The seals were a wonderful surprise to see. We feel very fortunate to have seen them. There were so many of them.

Thank winjhuisman H
Reviewed February 15, 2017

Wnever expected to see hundreds of these animals, all sorts of activity, stretched out over hundreds of yards of shoreline. Good explanations on the signage and the free bulletins, ans saw one fellow walking along answering questions. Windy, dress for the weather.

Thank Mr_B_Ottawa_Canada
Reviewed February 15, 2017

As self-proclaimed biology nerds, my husband and I always make a point to stop and observe the elephant seals when we are in the San Simeon area. There is plenty of signage to help viewers understand what is going on and (if you are lucky)...More

Thank MunchettaB
Reviewed February 14, 2017 via mobile

If you like seeing seals in the wild, then you must go. If your not an seal person, then skip it, because you will be bored after 5 minutes and so will most young children.

Thank AVCalGal
Reviewed February 14, 2017 via mobile

Pull over to the oceanfront to see the elephant seals - huge daddies, mama hardens and babies feeding or being weaned off their mamas. These mammals are huge and noisy and they run like jello blobs. They're hysterically funny to watch.

Thank Bonnie T
Reviewed February 14, 2017 via mobile

It was so enjoyable watching the sea lions. There so interesting and cute to watch. What an interesting site to see!! I liked reading about how they show up certain times if the year. Really fun!

Thank Jo Anne D
Reviewed February 13, 2017 via mobile

The Piedras Blancas elephant seal rookery viewing areas are 5 miles north of Hearst Castle. No fees and a huge parking area for trailers and RVs. Docents on duty to explain the craziness on the beach. Thousands of elephant seals in process of giving birth...More

Thank Jeffery P
Reviewed February 13, 2017

This place was totally unexpected. People have opportunity to see mother seals and their pups in such a close distance especially in breeding season. It would be great for family with kids. It is better to go to zoo.

Thank Philip S
Reviewed February 13, 2017

My husband was a little reluctant to do this, since he'd just come back from Antarctica where he saw lots of elephant seals. He admitted that there were far more at Piedras Blancas. There's a very long walkway, and you will see (in season) thousands...More

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December 5, 2017|
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Response from Ralph B | Reviewed this property |
When you drive up Highway 1 you will see lots of signage as you approach the turn out to see the seals where there is ample parking and you are close enough to actually see the seals from your car but get out where you can... More
November 12, 2017|
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Response from MVM_12 | Reviewed this property |
Hello, We viewed the elephant seals in San Simeon. Have a great time.
February 9, 2017|
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Response from AlanCAL | Reviewed this property |
Yes ground is flat. The only area that may be of concern is the gravel parking area. There a lot of pot holes but if you park close to water front or entrance you should be ok.