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“A must see!!!”

Elephant Seal Rookery
Ranked #1 of 16 things to do in San Simeon
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 9 November 2017 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
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Reviewed 8 November 2017

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

Thank MarkGaby
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Reviewed 7 November 2017 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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Reviewed 1 November 2017

On a recent trip to Hearst Caste, we followed Hwy 1 a few more miles and arrives at the Elephant Seal Rookery. It was early in the afternoon and the seals were all lounging on the beach. Not to much action going on at the time. It was worth a few minutes to view the seals and take in the beautiful coast but that's about it. Perhaps it is better in other seasons or times, with more action. Well worth a stop if one is in the area. There is no charge but I believe they accept donations. A better site further down the road heading to San Simeon, there are Zebras grazing with the cattle on Hearst land. Descendants of the Zebras that were part of Hearst Castle's zoo which was done away with in the 1930s.

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Reviewed 30 October 2017

Everybody talked about Hearst Castle but we chose to go to see the seals and we were not disappointed. So amazing to see them in their natural habitat and interacting naturally. Great photo opportunities.

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