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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  • The quantity of elephant seals varies by month but it seems like there's always at least some all the time and hundreds other times.  more »
  • We were on our way to San Simeon, and saw this beach signposted to see the seals. Never imagined we'd be able to see so many seals together, some were playing, some sleeping, some making beds in the s...  more »
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