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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Our favorite spot to watch the Elephant Seals. They have added a new viewing area at the north end of the parking lot. The south end has more elephant seals, but this new north end is less crowded..... more »
Awesome, beautiful beach full of elephant seal and their young. Great experience for kid's and adults nice picturesque landscape. Great road trip. more »
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