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Piedras Blancas

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15950 Cabrillo Highway, San Simeon, CA 93452
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Private Full-Day Trip Up Pacific Coast Highway with Pickup
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“elephant seals” (221 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 221 reviews
"hearst castle"
in 57 reviews
"light house"
in 14 reviews
"their natural habitat"
in 16 reviews
"lighthouse tour"
in 9 reviews
"great viewing"
in 5 reviews
"miles north of san simeon"
in 6 reviews
"vista point"
in 7 reviews
"young males"
in 9 reviews
"great stop"
in 12 reviews
"big sur"
in 13 reviews
"fun to watch"
in 11 reviews
"answer questions"
in 7 reviews
"viewing area"
in 7 reviews
"mating season"
in 5 reviews
"pups"
in 43 reviews
"animals"
in 41 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago

So glad we stopped here to see the elephant seals after our visit to Hearts Castle. So incredible to see all the elephant seals hanging around the beach.

Thank Josh S
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place is fantastic! It is a few miles north of Hearst Castle and it was our favorite stop on the California Coast!! we saw at least 500 elephant Seals!! There are volunteers that will explain everything and they are really interesting!!! A must visit!!!

Thank DonHalazon
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Reviewed 10 March 2018

Early March is just the right time to see the rookery. The male elephant seals are at one end of the beach, the females and recently born pups are still together, lazing away the time. The rookery is little more than 25 years old, but...More

1  Thank operalover939
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Reviewed 5 March 2018

This is the best location to view elephant seals at any time of year. The view is most exciting during the mating season in January, and you can see the 60 pound pups in February. Even in March, the pups are still hanging around the...More

1  Thank mw_shreddy
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Reviewed 5 March 2018

Great viewing of the elephant seals in late February when the pups & slim downed bulls are still on the beach. Volunteer? seal expert was most helpful. Do you understand why this beach with all this seals does not stink?

1  Thank HowardOnHwy66
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Reviewed 21 February 2018

We watched the seals at the Rookery and here. Fascinating experience and not to be missed! The rookery was a better place to view the seals though

Thank Diana B
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Reviewed 4 February 2018 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 27 January 2018

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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