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Piedras Blancas, San Simeon

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#2 of 62 in Outdoors in San Luis Obispo County
Beach Wildlife Area
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. With our world travel planner, San Simeon attractions like Piedras Blancas can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • What a pleasure to see these amazing creatures in their natural world in freedom, by train to gild the pill on the beach... A joy for parents and kids!
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  • We passed through in August, when the seal population is at its minimum, but it was still amazing to see them up close in their natural habitat.  more »
  • Along highway 1 a great piece with phenomenal views. There are plenty of opportunities to stop and enjoy this piece of beautiful nature. With a little luck you can whale watching in the distance
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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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