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Elephant Seal Rookery

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Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, CA
+1 805-924-1628
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awesome nature with beautiful animals on the beach

the beach has a parking lot and very informative nature guides. Try to see it for at least a short... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Cheryl Y
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Miami Florida
love to see wildlife up close

very informative talk from the docent and you can get very close to the animals with out disturbing... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Debramancuso
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Simi Valley
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Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, CA
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Reviewed 2 days ago

the beach has a parking lot and very informative nature guides. Try to see it for at least a short time. The seals always come back to this beach and are quite entertaining. Near Hearst Castle at San Simeon. We did both in one day.

Thank Cheryl Y
Reviewed 4 days ago

very informative talk from the docent and you can get very close to the animals with out disturbing them

Thank Debramancuso
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

A must see! Hundreds of seals all along the viewing area! No charge- just pull into the parking lot and there they are! Fascinating to watch them spar, vocalize, move about, and just chill! One of the highlights of my trip down the coast!

Thank nicole f
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Stopped by while on a road trip and let me say, this was amazing! Very glad we stopped, there were SO MANY seals!!!! Moms and babies and dads. And they were so loud LOL Occasionally you would even see two males fighting. The smell was...More

Thank Deonna2
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Wow we saw so many elephant seals in one place! It’s all free of charge, just pull up and look over and there they all are. It’s truly a unbelievable site. You can see all the different personalities they have. The males have the longer...More

Thank Yehbut
Reviewed 1 week ago

Early November features younger males who "haul out" to hang out. They practice some of the dominance techniques that will be useful later for getting to mate. The grunting sounds of these big sea animals was fun to hear, reminding me of teenage human boys...More

Thank Tim W
Reviewed 1 week ago

The annual migration of these amazing mammals at the same beaches of San Simeon and at the same period of the year is definitely a manifestation of nature's wonderful creation.

Thank alcor1922
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Definitely worth a visit especially if you are at Hearst Castle. It is a free attraction and only 4 miles from Hearst Castle. There were hundreds of elephant seals across the beach when we were there. They are the cutest!!!

Thank Lynn C
Reviewed 1 week ago

After the another must see the Hearst CAstle, somebody told us about this place very happy we stopped by.. hundreds of Elephants ...

Thank MarkGaby
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We could spend hours watching the elephant seals, just fascinating. We also had the benefit of some local guides explaining rookery which was an extra bonus.

Thank ColinandJane
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jaslynwang
12 November 2017|
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Response from MVM_12 | Reviewed this property |
Hello, We viewed the elephant seals in San Simeon. Have a great time.
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678beverlya
10 February 2017|
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Response from AlanCAL | Reviewed this property |
Yes ground is flat. The only area that may be of concern is the gravel parking area. There a lot of pot holes but if you park close to water front or entrance you should be ok.
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Schriver
7 September 2016|
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Response from anibananie | Reviewed this property |
According to the docents who volunteer there on the weekends, there are seals there pretty much year round...
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