Natural Wonders

Northern Elephant Seal Rookery

Elephant Seals have inhabited the coast of Highway 1 for years, and they continue to be a famous stop while visitors are in the Cambria area. These ocean-going mammals spend eight to ten months a year in the open ocean, diving 1,000 to 5,000 feet deep for periods of fifteen minutes to two hours, and …

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Coastal Discovery Center

Located on beautiful San Simeon Bay, the Coastal Discovery Center celebrates the connection between land and sea. The center offers interactive exhibits and educational programs that highlight the cultural and natural history of San Simeon, California State Parks and the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. The interface of land and sea is unique here, drawing people for …

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Monterey Bay Marine Sanctuary

Cambria is part of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, one of the Nation’s largest and most spectacular marine protected areas. Known as the “Serengeti of the Sea,” the Sanctuary’s unique and diverse ecosystem is teeming with wildlife, providing one of the best places in the world to see seals, sea lions, and sea otters almost any …

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