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“Elephant seal heaven”

Elephant Seal Rookery
Ranked #1 of 15 things to do in San Simeon
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed April 9, 2014

This was a nice surprise. The beach was covered with hundreds of seals sunbathing or swimming. The paths are very well maintained.

1  Thank Rhonda K
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Reviewed April 7, 2014

We stopped here after our tour of the Hearst Castle and it was a highlight of our west coast trip. Free parking! Go down the walkway so you get to see more of the seals. They are spread out all over the beach. There are a lot of people visiting, but the seals don't seem to care.

3  Thank Lola2104
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Reviewed April 6, 2014

The colony of Elephant Seals of San Simeon is a sight to watch. This species of California seals is huge - in fact of elephantine proportions and hence, the name Elephant Seal. It is a sight indeed to see these huge creatures all over the beach and nearby rocky areas, basking in the sun, seemingly without a care in the world. Visitors to this area must say 'Hello' to the Gentle Giants!

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Reviewed April 3, 2014

It is a must if you like wild animal!
The national park is very well developed which you can park you car and walk to the site!
It is an unique place to see the northern elephant seals which is very close for us to view their life there!

1  Thank FelixKaLeung
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Reviewed April 2, 2014

Pull int the parking lot in PCH 1 and have a free visit with the seals. View the seals from an observation point that provides great views. There are information boards, and very knowledgeable "Friends of the Elephant Seals" docents who are full of in-depth seal facts! There is a donation box if you choose to give. There was no pressure whatsoever.

Thank LoveALongWeekEndMom
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