Elephant Seals

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San Simeon’s famous residents

Attractions

Find Yourself in San Simeon.
Lose Yourself Amid the Wonders.

San Simeon may be small—boasting a population of about 443 people—but there’s no shortage of exciting attractions and world-famous appeals to explore. Historic castles, elephant seal migrations and pristine beach hotspots—San Simeon’s attractions make it the biggest “little” town in California.

Hearst Castle
Hosting millions of visitors each year, the world-famous Hearst Castle boasts a storied history and incredible sights.

Elephant Seals
More than 15,000 elephant seals populate the secluded cove just south of the Piedras Blancas Lighthouse, creating a can’t-miss San Simeon attraction.

Piedras Blancas Light Station
Built in 1875, the Piedras Blancas Light Station is one of the few Pacific Ocean lighthouses to ever be built in California, creating a distinct landmark for the area and the state.

Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary & Coastal Discovery Center
Explore one of the nation’s largest Federally protected marine habitats, in addition to San Simeon’s own Coastal Discovery Center.

California State Parks
Several of San Simeon’s most beautiful natural areas and treasured landmarks are being protected and preserved by California State Parks.

Beaches
San Simeon features some of the country’s most pristine beaches—discover them all, and see what makes each one so unique.

Highway 1 Discovery Route
San Simeon is the perfect place to start your tour of the California Central Coast’s Highway 1 Discovery Route that will take you to 10 renowned destinations featuring breathtaking vistas, award-winning wineries and more.