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15950 Cabrillo Highway, San Simeon, CA 93452
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Driving south on Pacific Coast Highway this area is not well marked. We saw the seals first and then found the parking lot. There are some signs posted up with pictures of the seals and some explanations of their behavior that are worth reading. Some...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank jfarlam
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great stop along Highway One just north of San Simeon to see the elephant seals in their natural environment. We have been there in all seasons. This time of year there was just a few females and the first bull of the season showed up...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank travelinm2014
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great experience as a family. We enjoyed seeing the animals in the wild and saw lots of sleeping, a tussle and wobbling into the sea.

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank Linda J
Reviewed 6 November 2018

See Sea Lions in their Natural Habitat! The seals are more active in the morning but they are awesome! 100s of them just hanging out on the beach, swimming, sparring, sleeping.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank GinnyBNT
Reviewed 20 October 2018 via mobile

This elephant seal viewing area is right at a turnout on Hwy 1. There is a large parking area for the viewing area, and area is very easy to access and enjoy within just a few steps. We were fascinated by the behaviors and sounds...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank 791patsys
Reviewed 19 October 2018

We have been here in several different seasons and it is always terrific! Viewing site is right off the parking lot with hundreds of seals entertaining the public. Very knowledgeable docents make it very interesting. Truly one of the highlights of driving the California coast.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Zuzka E
Reviewed 16 October 2018

OMG! they are so adorable. They are all over the beach and this is a must stop on your road trip! There are researchers there to help answer any questions you have about the seals.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Jana D
Reviewed 16 October 2018

Interesting to watch all the elephant seals sleep, interact with one, or protect their property. We were especially grateful for the two docents roaming to answer any questions.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Lidwina S
Reviewed 24 September 2018

It was nice to stop and see this. Something you don't see everyday. It was alittle windy that day so you might want to wear something warm. The kids loved it :)

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 23 September 2018 via mobile

A little stinky this morning but always something to see here. All during the year different groups of elephant seals converge here. They have docents to tell you more if you engage them. Great spot to see these awesome animals.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank PlacervilleCA
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