Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center, San Simeon

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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 Visitor Center. 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 Visitor Center can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Stayed in a nice place Quality Inn across the street from beach in San Simeon. Great service and breakfast was included which was delicious. We would definitely go back. 
    Stayed in a nice place Quality Inn across the street from beach in San Simeon. Great service and breakfast was included which was delicious. We would definitely go back.  more »
  • We didn't know there was an Elephant Seal Colony in San Simeon so this was a nice surprise to be able to see the animals so close up. 
    We didn't know there was an Elephant Seal Colony in San Simeon so this was a nice surprise to be able to see the animals so close up.  more »

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