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“elephant seals”

Reviewed June 26, 2014

we did not take a tour we just walked to see the elephant seals.the walk is long bout two and half miles through dirt and sand dunes.there are information signs that are helpful and interesting.there was a volunteer standing at the last viewing area and she answered all our questions.do not let the distance scare you off,the walk is enjoyable.sneakers with socks are a good idea a bottle of water for sure.there are bathrooms at the beginning of the hike and an outhouse in the middle of hike.this was a perfect day glad i did it!!!!there is a parking fee,i don't know how much because i paid ten$ for parking for all state parks for the day.

Thank belarina
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Reviewed March 9, 2014

In February we visited this amazing reserve and went on the 2.5 hour tour; it was one of the real highlights of our whole two weeks travelling through CA. There were young pups, but the huge bulls were still fighting for their harems, an incredible sight (and sound). Our volunteer guide was superbly knowledgeable and we got extremely close to the colony. Brilliant value for money, but make sure you check on activity depending upon the season and book in advance at peak times.

Thank Vanellus01
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Reviewed February 6, 2014

Lovely hike along the coastal bluffs just south of SF. Go in the winter (esp.Feb) when there are guided walks to the breeding elephant seal colony. Guides are very informative. Area is gorgeous. Great hike/walk, just enough distance without being too tough or too wimpy. The elephant seals are amazing. Stay at nearby Costanoa and go for the first or second walk in the morning.

Thank 4engels
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Reviewed February 3, 2014

The females are having their pups and the males are fighting for a harem. it's a 3.5 mile walk on gravel paths and loose sand dunes. bring water, sun screen, binoculars, camera or video, layered clothing, and a rain jacket as needed. wind kicks up away from the visitor center. tours are by reservation. there's a shuttle service available by reservation for people who can't walk that far - 1,000 ft walk on wooden boardwalk with a couple of benches. besides the bull elephant seals fighting and posing for positions, the pups waddling around and nursing - we saw porpoises and whales in the distance, sea lions and harbor seals, deer, and an assortment of shore and inland birds. only 1/2 hour drive from Half Moon Bay or Santa Cruz - along beautiful Hwy 1. we stayed overnight in Half Moon Bay for our early morning tour time.

Thank yvonne p
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Reviewed January 14, 2014

It is great 2 to 2 1/2 hrs guided walk to see the elephant seals. As we were walking with our docent, a park ranger told us that there was a huge male lying right on the trail. They are huge.. No wonder they are called elephant seals. We got to see them very close. There were two males fighting.. A sight to see. It looked like they fight, rest and then fight, rest again.d

Thank clevetravel
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