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Mini Guide to Spotting Seals and Whales in San Simeon, CA


Photo: Jeff Pearce

Winter temperatures stay comfortable (in the fifties and sixties), perfect for spying two-ton elephant seals and migrating gray whales from the long stretches of empty beach in San Simeon, CA. What to Do: Walk the rugged, lovely coastline at William Randolph Hearst State Beach, with its coves and rolling breakers and the dramatic bluffs above studded with outcroppings of native Monterey pine.

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Destinations: San Simeon

Inspired by: Off-Season Beach Bargains — by Ann Shields, Published Jan. 2008

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    Hearst Castle

    Tour Hearst Castle, perched high on La Cuestra Encantada (“the enchanted hill”) nine miles north of Cambria. The closest thing California has to a

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    William Randolph Hearst State Beach


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