Every year, the California gray whales migrate up the San Diego coastline, while thousands of mesmerized whale-lovers from all over the world try to catch a glimpse of this phenomenon. Watching these incredible creatures take their journey to migrate from the Arctic Waters to the Gulf of California is often a memorable and unique experience. The prime time for whale watching in San Diego lasts from December through mid-April. Luckily for Thousand Trails members, there are plenty of SoCal properties to stay at for your whale watching adventure and these tours will give you a front row seat to one of Mother nature’s coolest shows.
Some quick tips for being out on the boat:
Wear layers- just like any other boat trip, it can get very windy! Make sure you’re prepared if you tend to get cold. Don’t forget sunscreen! Just because spending time on a boat watching for whales can get a bit chilly, it’s important to make sure you’re protected from UV rays.
Keep your eyes peeled! Put those binoculars you have to good use and remember to bring them along with your camera.
Remember to enjoy the experience! Catching a photo of a humpback whale flying through the air is so hard. If you can capture a photo, that’s fantastic! Overall, leave it up to the pros to catch those majestic shots and remember to enjoy the moment.
Flagship SD offers boat tours guided by naturalists from Birch Aquarium. They guarantee that you see a whale or come back for another excursion for free! If you’re looking for a more immersive experience during the winter migration period, try a tour with Xplore Offshore, where the hosts guide you on a kayak tour to get up close to gray whales, sea lions, seals.
Boats not really your thing? You can catch whales along the shoreline from mid-December to February. La Jolla Cove and the Birch Aquarium are great places for those who want to witness the migration but who have planned to stay on foot. La Jolla Cove and the Birch Aquarium are located about 39- miles from the Pio Pico RV Resort & Campground and about 51 miles from Oakzanita Springs RV Campground.
Start planning your whale watching excursion now and remember to book your stay with Thousand Trails campgrounds in southern California!
Share your whale watching experiences with us in the comments! Share some of your tips for newbie whale watchers too!