What Are Some Good Places to Do Whale Watching in California?


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Good places to do whale watching in California are Monterey Bay, San Francisco and Mendocino. Further south, San Diego, San Pedro near Los Angeles, and the Channel Islands off Santa Barbara are also good places to see whales.

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Winter tends to be the best time for watching gray whale migration, as the whales travel south along the California coast during the colder months of January through April. Mendocino offers some high vantage points along the coastal trails to look for whales. Monterey's food-rich offshore canyon attracts whales year-round with good opportunities to see humpback whales, blue whales and killer whales from mid-April through mid-December. Numerous companies offer whale-watching tours from Fisherman's Wharf.

Whale watching cruises that disembark from San Pedro, or run between Ventura and the Channel Islands, offer good chances to spot blue whales from June through October, and migrating grey whales from January through March. San Diego holds whale watching weekend programs throughout January with presentations from whale experts.

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