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“Must-see along coast”

Elephant Seal Rookery
Ranked #1 of 15 things to do in San Simeon
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed August 21, 2013

Amazing up-close view of these animals. Volunteer docents were around explaining the annual cycle. One of the highlights of our California family trip.

Thank BostonExiles
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Reviewed August 20, 2013

What a delight to see hundreds of Elephant Seals basking on the beach in San Simeon. Don't go to the main viewing area, but walk along the track to the next smaller carpark and you will certainly be up and close to them!

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Reviewed August 19, 2013

On the way to San Francisco, we saw this point where the scenery was beautiful with the seals in their natural habitat. Definite stop on the way.

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Reviewed August 19, 2013

Fascinating seeing the elephant seals in nature. Some were just lying on the beach and some males were fighting it out.

Thank Juhlhollen
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Reviewed August 16, 2013

We came upon this by accident on the way to Hearst Castle. Could see two huge things in the sea and made my husband stop. Parked up and saw hundreds of elephant seals. A truly amazing sight that really has to be done if you are going that way.

Thank JCMJ
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