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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  • Just north of San Simeon on US HWY #1 is a parking lot for the Friends of the Elephant Seal observation. In December to March the large Elephant seals beach themselves to give birth. Males are up to 4...  more »
  • Lucked upon the beach right at mating and birthing time. The giant males would aggressively protect their territory. The naturalists on site were very informative  more »
  • This was the first time my date had been here, having passed by many times in the past. He was surprised at the large numbers of seals.  more »

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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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