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San Simeon Lodge

San Simeon Lodge

4.9 mi from Elephant Seal Rookery
    2.5 out of 5.0
     
     

    Situated in San Simeon, this beach motel is within 3 miles (5 km) of San Simeon State Park, William Randolph Hearst State Park and Leffingwell Landing. William ...

    from £40 per night for 2 guests

    San Simeon Lodge£40
    The Morgan Hotel San Simeon

    The Morgan Hotel San Simeon

    5.2 mi from Elephant Seal Rookery
      3.5 out of 5.0
       
       

      Situated by the ocean, this hotel is 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from San Simeon State Park, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Coastal Discovery Center at San Simeon Bay and Moonstone ...

      from £78 per night for 2 guests

      The Morgan Hotel San Simeon£78
      Days Inn San Simeon

      Days Inn San Simeon

      5 mi from Elephant Seal Rookery
        2.0 out of 5.0
         
         

        Situated near the beach, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of San Simeon State Park, William Randolph Hearst State Park and Leffingwell Landing. William Randolph ...

        from £36 per night for 2 guests

        Days Inn San Simeon£36
        Cavalier Oceanfront Resort

        Cavalier Oceanfront Resort

        5 mi from Elephant Seal Rookery
          3.5 out of 5.0
           
           

          Nestled on the beach, this San Simeon hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of San Simeon State Park, William Randolph Hearst State Park and Leffingwell Landing. William ...

          from £105 per night for 2 guests

          Cavalier Oceanfront Resort£105
          El Colibri Hotel & Spa

          El Colibri Hotel & Spa

          8.3 mi from Elephant Seal Rookery
            3.5 out of 5.0
             
             

            Situated near the beach, this spa hotel is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Moonstone Beach Park and 2.7 mi (4.4 km) from San Simeon State Park. Cambria Center for the Arts ...

            from £102 per night for 2 guests

            El Colibri Hotel & Spa£102
            Motel 6 San Simeon - Hearst Castle Area

            Motel 6 San Simeon - Hearst Castle Area

            5.2 mi from Elephant Seal Rookery
              2.0 out of 5.0
               
               

              Situated by the sea, this motel is within 3 miles (5 km) of San Simeon State Park, Leffingwell Landing and William Randolph Hearst State Park. William Randolph ...

              from £39 per night for 2 guests

              Motel 6 San Simeon - Hearst Castle Area£39
              Fireside Inn on Moonstone Beach

              Fireside Inn on Moonstone Beach

              7.4 mi from Elephant Seal Rookery
                2.5 out of 5.0
                 
                 

                Situated in Cambria, this beach hotel is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Leffingwell Landing and 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from San Simeon State Park. Moonstone Beach Park and Cambria ...

                from £101 per night for 2 guests

                Fireside Inn on Moonstone Beach£101
                FogCatcher Inn

                FogCatcher Inn

                7.7 mi from Elephant Seal Rookery
                  3.0 out of 5.0
                   
                   

                  Nestled on the beach, this Cambria hotel is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Leffingwell Landing and 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from San Simeon State Park. Moonstone Beach Park and ...

                  from £113 per night for 2 guests

                  FogCatcher Inn£113
                  Pelican Inn & Suites

                  Pelican Inn & Suites

                  7.8 mi from Elephant Seal Rookery
                    3.0 out of 5.0
                     
                     

                    Offering direct access to the beach, this Cambria hotel is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Moonstone Beach Park and 2 mi (3.3 km) from San Simeon State Park. Leffingwell ...

                    from £113 per night for 2 guests

                    Pelican Inn & Suites£113
                    Oceanpoint Ranch

                    Oceanpoint Ranch

                    7.1 mi from Elephant Seal Rookery
                      3.0 out of 5.0
                       
                       

                      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 San Simeon State Park. Moonstone Beach ...

                      from £99 per night for 2 guests

                      Oceanpoint Ranch£99

                      Pocket Guide: Elephant Seal Rookery 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.