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Piedras Blancas, San Simeon
(4.8/5 based on 500+ reviews on the web)
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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  • The absolute best View Point on the highway. Well sign-posted and actually not to miss. There are plenty of parking spaces. The walkway along the beach area has been extended since our last visit. Wonderfully close, you can admire the animals here and take pictures. But behind the railing is absolute duty. The animals look very peaceful and contented. But only if the distance is maintained. Super here, whether old or young, a stop here is almost mandatory. Free natural spectacle guaranteed.
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  • I you are going to Hearst Castle, We highly recommend stopping here to see the Elephant Seals. It is seasonal on how many seals you will see. Best viewing is usaasally in fall or winter. 
  • Great place to see elephant seals and watch their interaction among one another. We watched them for almost an hour. Some on the beach and others in the water playing. Interesting. Plenty of parking a...  more »