Elephant Seal Rookery, San Simeon

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#1 of 39 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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  • 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.  more »
  • 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 a...  more »
  • 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 opportunit...  more »

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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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