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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  • We walked the path from Vista Point to the Lighthouse. There wasn't much to see as most of the vegetation was dried up, but the ocean was very pretty and clean.... The coves were filled w/ Elephant Se...  more »
  • On this beach there are dozens of elephants Marines piled on top of one another resting exuding a smell anything but pleasant, but that's the price you pay every now and then to admire nature without artificiality. There are in place of local guides who love to tell something about this curious species of animals.
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  • Nice, but this month (November) has barely seals. And 90% of them only old lol if there on Highway 1 (the block below is supposed to open in mid-2018) then you should jump, but personally I wouldn't travel well, especially if you're planning to travel this season to see if there's a crowd.
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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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