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Elephant Seal Rookery, San Simeon

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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. Work out when and for how long to visit Elephant Seal Rookery and other San Simeon attractions using our handy San Simeon travel itinerary planner.
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Where to stay in San Simeon

Deciding where to stay in San Simeon doesn't require a great deal of consideration. All motels, hotels, inns, and lodges are located along Route 1 in the community south of the castle along the coast. If these are full, head just south of San Simeon State Park, where a larger selection of bed and breakfasts line the coast on the northern edge of the town of Cambria.
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  • I thoroughly enjoyed walking along the boardwalk, watching, and photographing the elephant seals! They don’t *do* an awful lot: mostly lie around, throw sand on themselves, and occasionally have short...  more »
  • I have been here before but whenever in the area I always like to stop. So wonderful to nature in its purest form and see hundreds of sea lions behaving normally and relaxing on the sands A must if yo...  more »
  • Must see if you are in the area. The seals are molting and mating as part of an ancient migration ritual. Very cool to see.  more »