Elephant Seal Rookery, San Simeon

4.9
#1 of 62 in Parks in San Luis Obispo County
Driving along Highway 1 in California, close to San Simeon, you can see Elephant Seal Rookery, a place that played a major role in saving elephant seals from extinction. 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 their strange noises during the breeding season, or watch an adult seal teaching a baby seal how to swim. Using our international travel planner, San Simeon attractions like Elephant Seal Rookery can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Easily accessible off the highway, located just north of Hearst Castle, this is a “must do” for any road trip. The seals are visible from the highway, with lookout parking immediately off the highway ...  more »
  • Very interesting to see sea elephants in their habitat, plus the views of the beach and surroundings is very good
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