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If you’re on a diet, you’ll feel great

Even in the off season, when there are a limited number of elephant seals on the beach it’s an... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Zzardvark
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Can't beat free and animals

If you're driving on Hwy 1 in the San Simeon area, this should be on your "to see" list. Lots of... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Sally T
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Morgan Hill, California
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Reviewed July 23, 2013

Don't miss this if you love animals. You can get within 30 feet of these behemoths! Free parking, porta-potties available.

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Reviewed July 23, 2013

I had no idea that these amazing creatures were previously near extinction, and that they have made such a remarkable come-back! It was so thrilling for our family to see them.

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Reviewed July 22, 2013

The Elephant Seal Rookery is app. 14 miles from San Luis Obispo, Ca. What an experience. Males were on the beach during what is termed a "catastrophic" molt. The beach is lined with elephant seals. No words can possibly express the experience. Go and be prepared to smile, laugh, and be awed by nature in action.

Friends of the Elephant Seals are on had to answer questions---look for the blue-shirted docents.

Although these animals are beautiful to behold, remember they are wild---and bigger than you!

Donations accepted on site...make sure you toss in a few to help these creatures.

Thank GraciousGoodness
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

Wonderful to admire those creatures from so close. Absolutely recommendable to stop and spend some time there!

Thank AMJARUSA
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Reviewed July 21, 2013

If you're driving up the Pacific Coast Hwy, skip the Hearst Castle (almost vulgar extravagance) and drive just a few miles north to the Elephant Seal Rookery, near San Simeon. Make sure your camera battery is charged: These guys will keep you entertained. Yes, it may smell a bit, but I felt cleaner leaving the Rookery than I did leaving the Castle.

Thank Gerald N
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