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The Morgan Hotel San Simeon
The Morgan Hotel San Simeon

9135 Hearst Drive, San Simeon 93452

3.5 out of 5.0
3.9 out of 5 (2,219 reviews)

Situated in a state park, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of San Simeon State Park, Leffingwell Landing, and William Randolp …

£92
FogCatcher Inn
FogCatcher Inn

6400 Moonstone Beach Dr, Cambria 93428

3.0 out of 5.0
4.5 out of 5 (1,217 reviews)

Across the road from picturesque Moonstone Beach and the boardwalk, this English-style inn is less than 2 miles north of …

£119
Pelican Inn & Suites
Pelican Inn & Suites

6316 Moonstone Beach Dr, Cambria 93428

3.0 out of 5.0
4.5 out of 5 (987 reviews)

Across the street from the beach, Pelican Inn & Suites is 7 miles from Hearst Castle, 14 miles from the Northern Elephant Sea …

£119
Cambria Landing Inn & Suites
Cambria Landing Inn & Suites

6530 Moonstone Beach Dr, Cambria 93428

3.0 out of 5.0
4.3 out of 5 (539 reviews)

Situated by the ocean, this hotel is 0.3 mi (0.6 km) from Leffingwell Landing and 1.9 mi (3 km) from San Simeon State Park. …

£119
Cambria Pines Lodge
Cambria Pines Lodge

2905 Burton Dr, Cambria 93428

3.0 out of 5.0
4.3 out of 5 (1,848 reviews)

This hotel is in Cambria, California, 2 miles (3 kilometers) from Moonstone Beach Boardwalk, five miles from San Simeon State …

£88
Fireside Inn on Moonstone Beach
Fireside Inn on Moonstone Beach

6700 Moonstone Beach Drive, Cambria 93428

3.0 out of 5.0
4.2 out of 5 (538 reviews)

Situated in Cambria, this beach inn is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Leffingwell Landing and 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from San Simeon State Par …

£112
Sea Breeze Inn
Sea Breeze Inn

9065 Hearst Dr, San Simeon 93452

2.0 out of 5.0
3.6 out of 5 (617 reviews)

Situated in the business district, this motel is within 3 mi (5 km) of San Simeon State Park, Leffingwell Landing, and Willia …

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Silver Surf Motel
Silver Surf Motel

9390 Castillo Dr, San Simeon 93452

2.0 out of 5.0
3.4 out of 5 (1,501 reviews)

Situated near the beach, this motel is within 3 mi (5 km) of San Simeon State Park, William Randolph Hearst State Park, and …

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Oceanpoint Ranch
Oceanpoint Ranch

7200 Moonstone Beach Dr, Cambria 93428

3.0 out of 5.0
3.5 out of 5 (38 reviews)

Offering direct access to the beach, this Cambria hotel is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Leffingwell Landing and 1.3 mi (2 km) from Sa …

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San Simeon Lodge
San Simeon Lodge

9520 Castillo Drive, San Simeon 93452

2.5 out of 5.0
3.7 out of 5 (2,248 reviews)

Situated in San Simeon, this beach motel is within 3 mi (5 km) of San Simeon State Park, William Randolph Hearst State Park …

£38
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Pocket Guide: San Simeon Elephant Seal Rookery Hotels

Wildlife fans are drawn to the Elephant Seal Rookery to watch these huge blubbery mammals in their natural environment. The sanctuary spreads across six miles of sandy shoreline around Point Piedras Blancas lighthouse on California's central coast.

A Free, Year-Round Wildlife Attraction

Elephant seals first began using the unspoilt beach as a rookery in 1990 and at last count, a whopping 20,000 elephant seals were said to make up this ever-expanding colony. Luckily for visitors, the Elephant Seal Rookery is free to enter and open every day of the year. The seals can be watched at a safe distance from observation platforms, from where you can enjoy a close-up view of adult seals, baby seals and adorable seal pups as they sleep, play, fight and make loads of noise.

Finding a Hotel near Elephant Seal Rookery

If you’re looking for a hotel near Elephant Seal Rookery, start your accommodation search in the secluded nearby town of San Simeon. From dreamy beachfront inns to cheap motels, there are rooms here to suit all tastes and budgets, and they’re all within easy reach of the Elephant Seal Rookery.

Getting to the Elephant Seal Rookery

Located along Route 1, the Elephant Seal Rookery is not reachable by public transport, so you'll need to hire a car or book a taxi. The car park is one mile south of the entrance to the Piedras Blancas Light Station Natural Area. From there, you can stroll along an accessible boardwalk leading to viewing platforms above the beaches. If you want to explore further and see more seal beaches, hiking trails lead towards the lighthouse. Note that the rookery doesn't have toilets, shelter or a snack bar.

When to Visit the Elephant Seal Rookery

Viewing areas are open every day, but peak season for spotting elephant seals is from December until March when the mammals return here to give birth and mate. In fact, the highest concentration of loved-up seals can be found on Valentine's Day on February 14.

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