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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 (2,118 reviews)

Situated in a state park, this hotel is 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from San Simeon State Park and within 6 mi (10 km) of Coastal …

£71
Days Inn San Simeon
Days Inn San Simeon

9280 Castillo Dr, San Simeon 93452

2.0 out of 5.0
3.6 out of 5 (1,352 reviews)

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

£58
Sea Breeze Inn
Sea Breeze Inn

9065 Hearst Dr, San Simeon 93452

2.0 out of 5.0
3.6 out of 5 (554 reviews)

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

£51
San Simeon Pines
San Simeon Pines

7200 Moonstone Beach Dr, Cambria 93428

3.0 out of 5.0
3.1 out of 5 (26 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 …

£109
El Colibri Hotel & Spa
El Colibri Hotel & Spa

5620 Moonstone Beach Dr, Cambria 93428

3.5 out of 5.0
4.3 out of 5 (255 reviews)

Situated near the beach, this hotel is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Moonstone Beach Park and 2.7 mi (4.4 km) from San Simeon State …

£124
Sand Pebbles Inn
Sand Pebbles Inn

6252 Moonstone Beach Dr, Cambria 93428

Situated in Cambria, this inn is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Moonstone Beach Park and 2.5 mi (4 km) from San Simeon State Park. …

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Bluebird Inn
Bluebird Inn

1880 Main St, Cambria 93428

2.5 out of 5.0
3.7 out of 5 (89 reviews)

Situated near the beach, this hotel is 0.3 mi (0.4 km) from Cambria Center for the Arts and within 3 mi (5 km) of Moonstone …

£78
Cayucos Beach Inn
Cayucos Beach Inn

333 South Ocean Avenue, Cayucos 93430

2.5 out of 5.0
4.3 out of 5 (519 reviews)

Located in the heart of Cayucos, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Cayucos State Beach and Cayucos Pier. Morro Rock an …

£83
Beachwalker Inn
Beachwalker Inn

501 S Ocean Ave, Cayucos 93430

2.0 out of 5.0
3.3 out of 5 (214 reviews)

Situated near the beach, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Cayucos State Beach and Cayucos Pier. Morro Rock and Morr …

£67
Holland Inn
Holland Inn

2630 Main St, Morro Bay 93442

2.0 out of 5.0
2.9 out of 5 (280 reviews)

Situated by the ocean, this hotel is 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from Morro Strand State Beach and 2.3 mi (3.8 km) from Morro Rock. Morro …

£42
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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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