San Simeon Pier and Elephant Seal Colony on the California Coast

This is another in my series of posts about traveling along the California coast. I have been to San Simeon numerous times as both a destination and a stop over while traveling on my way up and down the coast over the decades. It’s one of my favorite stops, plus there’s Hearst’s Castle to see and so much more.

The San Simeon pier is located at the William R. Hearst Memorial State Beach which can be found just north of San Simeon California on the coast below the hills where Hearst’s Castle is located.

The area is protected under the California Marine Life Protection Act and is home to seals, sea otters, pelicans, osprey, and part of a colony of elephant seals (2nd video)

The ocean here is very beautiful and remote – if you look closely you will find Hearst’s Castle nestled in the hills across the highway high above the pier.

More information about the pier can be found here: https://www.visitcalifornia.com/attraction/san-simeon-pier

Here is a short movie shot from the pier.

Not too far from the pier, around 7 miles north on Highway 1, there is a large elephant seal colony. This is a popular spot to park to observe elephant seals, the stop has a boardwalk & viewing areas to check out the elephant seals from a safe distance.

More information can be found here: https://visitsansimeonca.com/what-to-do/elephant-seals-san-simeon/

Here’s a short video I made of the elephant seal colony.

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