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“Lots of elephant seals”

Elephant Seal Rookery
Ranked #1 of 14 things to do in San Simeon
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San Diego, California
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64 reviews
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“Lots of elephant seals”
Reviewed April 25, 2013

We enjoyed pulling over for a stop to see the elephant seals. There were a bunch sunning themselves on the beach. Not a whole bunch of activity but still fun to see them.

Visited March 2013
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“Must see!”
Reviewed April 24, 2013

There are many "Vista" stops on this scenic route. This one is a must see! It is a photographer's dream place given the setting and the angles to get great shots. During our April visit we did not see any of the giant males. But the hundreds of females and younger males we did see were amazing. Hint: if you are bothered by strong smells, be prepared!

Visited April 2013
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Titusville
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“Alaska to California...the seal oddessey”
Reviewed April 23, 2013

It is difficult to believe that these huge creatures travel from the cold waters of Alaska to this one spot on Route One just four miles north of Hearst Castle entrance and then back again. As the pictures show there are hundreds of seals and many of the larger males have already left for their trip back. Theses animals fatten up in Alaska, travel to CA have their calves and then travel back while all the time living off their body fat. They flip sand over themselves to stay cool and every once in a while they get enough energy to into the water or fight with one another. Some of them have massive scars from previous turf fights. Bring your children and let them see and "smell" nature at work. This place is easy fro anyone to get to with very little walking required and it is free...no services. Check out the lighthouse just up the road as well. Being from Florida they remind me of the manatees.Hint: just before Hearst Castle on the right look for the zebras...

Visited April 2013
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Paso Robles, California
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“better than it sounds”
Reviewed April 23, 2013

It's fascinating. We always take guests and they aren't sure they want to go, but we never leave before at least one hour. They are unusual, the males are really ugly, but they are captivating. The docents are great.

Visited February 2013
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“Elephant Seals as far as your eye can see!”
Reviewed April 22, 2013

If you are traveling Highway 1 along the California coast, just north of the little resort town of San Simeon, you MUST stop at this amazing attraction!! There are hundreds, possibly thousands of elephant seals along the beach. There is a super convenient parking lot with ample parking, and wooden boardwalks close, but not TOO close to the incredible elephant seals. We visited in April, which apparently is "molting" time, many of the seals looked a bit bedraggled as some had not quite finished shedding their winter coats. We saw bulls fighting, we saw bull and cows mating, but mostly we saw these seemingly benevolent giant sea creatures lolling on the beach, scooting to and fro, tossing sand on their backs for protection from the sun.
Incredible site! There are "Friends of the Elephant Seals" naturalists who are happy to answer any questions you might have.
Magnificent.

Visited April 2013
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