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Cavalier Oceanfront Resort

Cavalier Oceanfront Resort

9415 Hearst Drive, San Simeon 93452

3.5 out of 5.0
4.3 out of 5 (514 reviews)

Nestled on the beach, this San Simeon hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of San Simeon State Park, William Randolph Hearst State Par …

£122
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 (2,372 reviews)

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 Discover …

£100
FogCatcher Inn

FogCatcher Inn

6400 Moonstone Beach Dr, Cambria 93428

3.0 out of 5.0
4.5 out of 5 (1,263 reviews)

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

£144
Pelican Inn & Suites

Pelican Inn & Suites

6316 Moonstone Beach Dr, Cambria 93428

3.0 out of 5.0
4.5 out of 5 (1,048 reviews)

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

£120
Silver Surf Motel

Silver Surf Motel

9390 Castillo Dr, San Simeon 93452

2.0 out of 5.0
3.5 out of 5 (1,718 reviews)

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

£40
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 (1,514 reviews)

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

£35
Moonstone Landing

Moonstone Landing

6240 Moonstone Beach Drive, Cambria 93428

2.0 out of 5.0
4.6 out of 5 (897 reviews)

Situated near the beach, this hotel is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Moonstone Beach Park and 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from San Simeon State …

£105
San Simeon Lodge

San Simeon Lodge

9520 Castillo Drive, San Simeon 93452

2.5 out of 5.0
3.7 out of 5 (2,437 reviews)

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

£57
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 (596 reviews)

Situated by the ocean, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Leffingwell Landing and Moonstone Beach Park. William Randolp …

£96
Fireside Inn on Moonstone Beach

Fireside Inn on Moonstone Beach

6700 Moonstone Beach Drive, Cambria 93428

2.5 out of 5.0
4.2 out of 5 (607 reviews)

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 …

£102

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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