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Address: 15950 Cabrillo Highway, San Simeon, CA 93452

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Pictures aren't made up. 1000's of seals up close and vocal! Can't believe the size of the larger males.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
Jason C
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Pictures aren't made up. 1000's of seals up close and vocal! Can't believe the size of the larger males.

Thank Jason C
Los Osos, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

You have to go during the birthing months and now is that time. The beach comes alive with elephant seals. Big monstrous males blowing their own horns letting everybody around know they are here. Timid females just trying to go for a quick swim. And newborn pups just trying to get out of the way and survive. What a beautiful... More 

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Northfield, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Give yourself time to engage with the spectacle.Observe the seal's behavior, walk along the boardwalk as well as the trails north opf the main parking lot.

Thank Roger S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

What an incredible sight awaits the visitor to this natural attraction. Visiting in September we were able to see the young males perform their 'jousting' behaviour, admire the huge males and laugh at the antics of the pups. Fantastic. Congratulations to all those involved in the preservation of this magnificent - a muist for everyone interested in the natural world.

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Platte City, Missouri, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017

I love going to the elephant seal rookery and could watch them for hours. This time we were able to see many of the new born seal pups. Several of the "momma seals" seem to be having a discussion on parenting styles! The docents are always so well informed and happy to answer questions. There is also a lighthouse close... More 

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San Francisco, California, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016 via mobile

Located right by the rookery this beach full of elephant seals is a must visit during your drive through the town or while visiting Hearst castle. The antics of the seals and the pups can keep kids of all ages entertained for a while.

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Joshua Tree, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2016

Right here where the Elephant Seal Rookery follows the coast to Pideras Blancas Lighthouse is Point Pedras Blancas Beach. Most people here under this category are writing about the Lighthouse tour but most people don't realize that there is a lovely hike right along the coast between the rookery and the lighthouse which is delightful. You can see the elephant... More 

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Barcelona, Spain
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2016

Perfect stop on your way down Big Sur to take your time and enjoy the elephant seals on their habitat, laying down on the beach while sunbathing.

Thank EdiMandM
Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016 via mobile

It would never have been worth the time and money to drive from Sacramento to Hearst Castle, except for the fact that the elephant seals were awaiting us! I could watch them all day. The noise they make sound like Chewbacca! I was happy at how close we were able to get from the viewing stand, didn't even need binoculars.

Thank Sylvia232323
Fremont, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016

We were delighted to return to Piedras Blancas on a sunny warm November Day, The elephant seals were happy. Most were sleeping. We listened to some making their sounds. We watched as a couple of them came in from swimming in the ocean. It was a delightful visit.

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