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Whale Watching in San Diego

Whale Watching in San Diego
From the bluffs of La Jolla to islands off Mexico

Whether by land or by sea, San Diego is one of California’s best spots for whale watching. With just a pair of binoculars, you can spot whales from the high bluffs at Torrey Pines State Reserve and the Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, both in La Jolla about 20 minutes north of downtown San Diego. And near the historic lighthouse at Cabrillo National Monument, Whale Watch Lookout Point sits 420 feet/128 metres above the waves with a wide field of vision—perfect for spotting whales.

For closer looks, sign up for a whale watching cruise. A 3-hour trip with San Diego Whale Watch comes with a guarantee—if you don’t see either a whale or a dolphin, you can go out for free on another day. H&M Landing offers local gray whale tours December through March; in summer, join an H&M landing journey to the Coronado Islands, a protected marine sanctuary just southwest of San Diego in Mexican waters, to see spot blue whales, elephant seals, and orcas too.

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Southern California

Discover San Diego County

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Mar - May
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Imagine 70 miles of sun-drenched coast, an inviting ocean and a year-round daily forecast of 21°C and you’ll understand why this southernmost stretch of California is all about outdoor fun. Discover top theme parks and attractions like SeaWorld San Diego, San Diego Zoo, San Diego Zoo Safari Park and LEGOLAND California Resort.

The first European explorer to land in California, Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, came ashore in San Diego in 1542.

Relax at legendary retreats like Hotel del Coronado, find art and culture in San Diego and surrounding cities like luxurious La Jolla . Enjoy world class golf at Torrey Pines and enjoy culture and diversity, all at the edge of a sparkling blue sea.

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