Piedras Blancas, San Simeon

4.8
#2 of 51 in Outdoors 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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  • October 4, 2017
    I've gone once a year for the past couple of years - it's wonderful! Things to know: wear layers - sometimes it's cold and windy, sometimes it's sunny and hot, there are no bathroom facilities anywher...  more »
  • September 25, 2017
    Do not miss it out! Lots of elephant seals there enjoying the sun on the sandy beach. Very interesting place to visit after your visit to Hearst Castle.  more »
  • September 22, 2017
    If you are at Hearst Castle, you should stop to see the Elephant seals. This area is undisturbed and you can see Elephant seals in their natural habitat. When we were there only young seals were prese...  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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