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Whale Watching

Whale Watching Northern CaliforniaThe winter months in Big Sur are truly amazing as large pods of California Gray Whales travel twice during the season, migrating along the California coast line; down to the enticingly warm waters of Mexico’s lagoons where these magnificent creatures of the deep mate and then return once more to their traditional feeding grounds in the icy waters off the coast of Alaska.

January and February (weekends)
10:00 am - Noon
California State Parks is proud to present Ranger guided whale watching and California condor spotting. Come celebrate with us the migration of the California Gray Whales off the Big Sur Coast and keep an eye on the sky for soaring condors. Meet at the vista point on Highway 1 at mile marker 37 just north of Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Drop in. Rangers will be available.

Summer in Big Sur is filled with warm days that usher in the largest mammal on Earth ; The Blue Whale. This behemoth of the sea, along with its majestic cousin the Humpback Whale, share the glistening waters of Big Sur’s coastline as they rejoice in the hunt for the abundant Krill that come with the summer season. From almost any point on the coast of Big Sur, you can see these gentle giants as they feed and frolic. Bring your binoculars because you never know when you might want to turn off the many roadside stops and experience this amazing event.