Friends of the Elephant Seal, San Simeon

4.9
#1 of 62 in Parks in San Luis Obispo County
Driving along Highway 1 in California, close to San Simeon and four miles north of the Hearst Castle, you can see Friends of the Elephant Seal. With over 5000 births per year, the estimated total colony size of 25,000 seals makes this site the largest mainland rookery (birthing place) for the Northern  Elephant Seal species. Protected from storms and predators, with wide sandy beaches and shallow rocky areas, this location is ideal for the seals. Depending on the time of year, you can witness the birth of baby seals, hear the iconic roar of male seals during the breeding season, or watch young seals spar with each other on the beach and in the surf. Using our international travel planner, San Simeon attractions like Friends of the Elephant Seal can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • There is plenty of parking and lots of vantage spots along the cliff to view the elephant seals. They are truly spectacular! Many were play fighting with each other and many more were just resting on....  more »
  • This is an amazing place right off the side of Hwy 1 and great viewing of wild animals in nature just living  more »
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