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Piedras Blancas

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15950 Cabrillo Highway, San Simeon, CA 93452
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“elephant seals” (215 reviews)
“hearst castle” (57 reviews)
“light house” (14 reviews)
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15950 Cabrillo Highway, San Simeon, CA 93452
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"elephant seals"
in 215 reviews
"hearst castle"
in 57 reviews
"light house"
in 14 reviews
"their natural habitat"
in 16 reviews
"lighthouse tour"
in 9 reviews
"breeding season"
in 5 reviews
"off the highway"
in 8 reviews
"miles north of san simeon"
in 5 reviews
"young males"
in 9 reviews
"vista point"
in 7 reviews
"great stop"
in 12 reviews
"big sur"
in 13 reviews
"fun to watch"
in 11 reviews
"answer questions"
in 7 reviews
"amazing sight"
in 6 reviews
"viewing area"
in 7 reviews
"pups"
in 41 reviews
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing watching the many elephant seals with many pups on the beach. Quite noisy but fun to watch them. Many birds around.

Thank Gayle F
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Because the A1 is permanently cut beyond Ragged Point, it was a detour for us, travelling up the west coast. But just to see the elephant seals lolling on the beach and swim around the rocks was worth it. If going, add Ragged Point to...More

Thank Margot P
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Reviewed 15 December 2017

We walked the path from Vista Point to the Lighthouse. There wasn't much to see as most of the vegetation was dried up, but the ocean was very pretty and clean.... The coves were filled w/ Elephant Seals.

Thank Auntie-Nanuuq
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Reviewed 8 November 2017 via mobile

Beautiful sand beach and a great way to see Elephant seals up close. Definitely recommend anyone to visit this site

Thank Lynn C
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Reviewed 11 October 2017

Driving down the highway and pulled in, took a walk around and took pictures. Read the literature. The story is incredible how they have survived and recovered from less than 50 to their current herd size.

Thank David and Willa B
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Reviewed 4 October 2017

I've gone once a year for the past couple of years - it's wonderful! Things to know: wear layers - sometimes it's cold and windy, sometimes it's sunny and hot, there are no bathroom facilities anywhere near here, so plan ahead for that, and finally,...More

Thank Alicia W
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Reviewed 25 September 2017

Do not miss it out! Lots of elephant seals there enjoying the sun on the sandy beach. Very interesting place to visit after your visit to Hearst Castle.

Thank martavelvet
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Reviewed 22 September 2017

If you are at Hearst Castle, you should stop to see the Elephant seals. This area is undisturbed and you can see Elephant seals in their natural habitat. When we were there only young seals were present and they were in the process of resting...More

Thank jscoops
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Reviewed 6 September 2017

This seaside is really a special place. There are during whole year several elephant seals in the differente stages of their life. This kind of wild animal has been endangered species and before the visit, I believed it was very hard to see them so...More

1  Thank Tarcisio P
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Reviewed 27 August 2017

Very nice place to observe elephant seals without disturbing them, very helpful volunteer explaining a lot of things about them

Thank Babeth42100
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