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Whale Watching

You're gliding across a glassy sea, huddled on the deck of a boat and enjoying the sunshine when suddenly, a giant whale rises out of the sea to say hello. Encountering one of these magnificent marine mammals in the wild is an experience that you will never forget. San Diego is one of the best places for spotting gray whales during their annual roundtrip migration, from December to mid-April. You may also be able to see other sea life such as seals, sea lions, migrating birds and more. Numerous companies offer whale watching, San Diego's most popular attraction on the water – and most will let you ride again for free if you fail to spot a whale. Here are some of our favorites:

  • Flagship Cruises
  • Hornblower Cruises
  • San Diego Whale Watch
  • Adventure Rib Rides
  • San Diego Boat Tours
  • Yacht America Whale Watching
  • Offshore Blue Adventures


Planning a whale watching outing? Don't forget to wear sunscreen and bring your sunglasses – the water reflects the sunshine and makes it stronger. You'll also want to wear layers and carry a jacket, as the wet ocean wind can make the temperature feel colder than it is. Bring binoculars if you have them and don't forget your camera for epic pics to share with friends and family!

After a thrilling day on the water interacting with these amazing creatures, return to our beautiful boutique hotel, located near the beach in La Jolla. You'll rest easy in one of our stylish rooms or suites, which comes with free Wi-Fi, complimentary continental breakfast and much more.