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North America's Best Whale-Watching Spots

Big Sur, California

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Big Sur, CA

For those with wobbly sea legs, there’s no land-based whale watch more striking than the view from the cliffs of California’s Big Sur. Hike along the coastal trails and beaches to observe blue, gray, and humpback whales. And since whales pass Monterey Bay on their way south to Baja and north to the Bering Sea, whale sighting here is a year-round activity.

Season: All year.

Check Out: The Monterey Bay Aquarium is a worldwide authority on the health of our oceans.

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