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. 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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  • August 13, 2017
    The number of elephants is impressive what is there on the beach, you can hike and enjoy the scenery at the same time that you can find information about animals.
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  • August 12, 2017
    What fun to learn about elephant seals from friendly weekend docent (guide in blue jacket). It's free. We found plenty of them romping and teenagers sparing (mostly male in August though a few pups co...  more »
  • August 10, 2017
    The ideal opportunity to get up close to spot elephant seals in their natural environment. Very special to that from so close up. An absolute stop you need to make along highway 1
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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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