Elephant Seal Rookery, San Simeon

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#1 of 55 in Parks in San Luis Obispo County
Driving along Highway 1 in California, close to San Simeon, you can see Elephant Seal Rookery, a place that played a major role in saving elephant seals from extinction. Protected from storms and predators, with wide sandy beaches and shallow rocky areas, this location is ideal for the seals. Depending on the time of year, you can witness the birth of baby seals, hear their strange noises during the breeding season, or watch an adult seal teaching a baby seal how to swim. Using our international travel planner, San Simeon attractions like Elephant Seal Rookery can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • What a wonderful place. Beautifully laid out from the carpark. There weren't a massive amount of elephant seals but certainly enough to keep us entertained, think it must have been the mating season a...  more »
  • We were lucky enough to be visiting this coast while the elephant seals were onshore and birthing. There are thousands of seals on several beaches. Parking is plentifully and free. Some have wooden wa...  more »
  • Stopped at the Elephant Seal Rookery and couldn't believe how many seals were on the beach. Saw a baby seal being born which I hear is rare. This is a place you have to see. .  more »
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