Piedras Blancas Lightstation

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tours adult/child $10/5
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Lonely Planet review

Heading north, Point Piedras Blancas is home to an enormous elephant-seal colony that breeds, molts, sleeps, frolics and, occasionally, goes aggro on the beach. Keep your distance from these wild animals as they can move faster on the sand than you can. The main viewpoint, 4.8 miles north of Hearst Castle, has interpretive panels. Seals are here year-round, but the exciting birthing and mating season is from January to March, peaking on Valentine's Day. Nearby, the 1875 Piedras Blancas Lightstation is an outstandingly scenic spot; tours meet at the old motel, 1.5 miles north of the lighthouse off Hwy 1.