Piedras Blancas, San Simeon

4.8
#2 of 9 in Beaches in San Luis Obispo County
Take in ocean views, spot elephant seals, and check out an historical lighthouse at Piedras Blancas. Use the signs along the viewing areas to guide yourself or take a guided tour that provides information about the lighthouse's history, fishing and wildlife in the area, and the scenery. A boardwalk provides easy access from the large parking lot to areas for viewing elephant-seals and other wildlife. Reserve your place in advance if you want to take the tour, and be prepared for windy weather. Make Piedras Blancas a part of your San Simeon vacation plans using our San Simeon trip tool.
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  • While any time of year is a good time to visit the elephant seals, the best time (in my opinion) is February....even January. You can see pups (babies) being born and hear them calling out. There are....  more »
  • We had such a fun time watching the elephant seals. There were lots of them. This is a free area to visit with nice walking paths and free parking. The elephant seals were either playing, sleeping.....  more »
  • Elephant seals Sign posted off PCH1, as Elephant seal viewing not Piedras Blancas. Incredible place to see these huge animals. So many of them, hundreds, including several males which I didnt expect.....  more »

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