With incredibly beautiful beaches, magnificent parks, historical attractions, buzzing nightlife, and great Mediterranean climate, this seaside town will fascinate the most discerning visitor.
San Diego has been the home of whale watching since 1950 when Cabrillo National Monument became a public venue for watching whales. Since then, millions of whale lovers have come to catch a glimpse of these magnificent mammals.
Furthermore, San Diego offers every type of visitor so much more, making it a top global destination for fun, partying, and relaxation.
Why San Diego?
It is no secret that no other location offers almost unlimited opportunities to see whales. Situated on the migratory path of Gray whales, San Diego witnesses over 20,000 of these large animals make the trip from Alaska to Baja California every year.
It is the longest migration of any mammal, covering a round trip of almost 10,000 miles. The Gray whales give birth in lagoons off the Mexican coast, before returning to Alaska once the calves are mature enough to make the trip.
San Diego has numerous spots from which to watch whales. Over 70 miles of coastline presents one of the most spectacular theaters in nature. Come and see whales breach the ocean surface and dive back into the sea with a mighty splash. Watch as they pec-slap, lobtail, and spout long plumes into the air.
The whale watching season is usually at its peak between mid-December and April, with migrating Gray whales the star attraction.
The California coast is also the breeding ground of between 2000 to 3000 blue whales. They are the most endangered species of whales and come here in the summer and fall. These 100-foot Blue whales can be sighted between mid-June and September.
See more marine wildlife
Whale watching is not just about Gray and Blue whales. There are other whale species that you can delight in all year round. These are Minke whales and Finback whales, with the Fin whales being the second largest whales after the mighty Blue whales.
Aside from whales, you can see dolphins, sea lions, seals, and orcas, also known as killer whales. For the best sightings, and to get close to the marine life, take a kayaking trip, hire a yacht or join a whale watching tour.
Watch from the shore
Although whale watching is best done by boat, you don’t have to leave land to see whales. There are onshore sites that offer great sightings. They include Cabrillo National Monument, Birch Aquarium at Scripps, and on the beautiful hiking trails of Torrey Pines State Reserve. The Birch Aquarium is also a great place to learn more about whales.
Enjoy many other activities
San Diego offers a lot more to keep you entertained. You can take a deep fishing tour to Catalina Island, or visit the expansive Balboa Park, which is home to the renowned San Diego Zoo.
Whatever your preferences, San Diego is certain to offer the best whale watching tour you have ever experienced.