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Whales on the Coast

La Honda, CA, United States
3 Kudos
Whale Watching is a thing to do all along the California coast. There are two seasons for whale watching. Visit from mid December through mid April to see gray whales migrating as they make their way from the Arctic to Baja and back. You can also see dolphins and killer whales migrating, or visit from mid April through mid December to see humpback whales often in big pots of up to 10 animals, also blue whales, dolphins and killer whales. If you don't like to go on a boat you don't have to since you can see the whales closely from shore as they come to feed in the area.
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Culture and experiences

Davenport Pier
The pier is long gone, but the concrete pillars remain
Bonny Doon Beach
peaceful time, no matter if it is summer or winter this place is great to visit
Shark Fin Cove
The trip down to the beach is short but steep
One of the places with a great view across the ocean from the bluff
Greyhound Rock State Marine Conservation Area
Most of the water here is protected as marine area
Memorial County Park
It is very beautiful and a great experience for swimming and hiking
La Honda
this town in in the mountains surrounded by forest areas
Santa Cruz
One of the places where you can get onto a whale watch boat


Davenport Roadhouse Restaurant and Inn
Affordable, ocean views, great in-room coffee, super nice clean comfortable rooms

Points of interest

Año Nuevo State Park
Not only elephant seals can be seen here but other mammals as well
Monterey Bay Aquarium
One of the best aquariums in the world to visit here
The place to be if you want to experience the cannery row
Moss Landing
Many of the whale watching boats go out of the harbor here
Moss Beach
A small coastal community with a laid back vibe and friendly people
San Gregorio Beach
One of the many california beaches you can see whales fom shore


Whale City Bakery
Although it calls itself a bakery there is a full restaurant and bar here.


Lundberg Studios Art Glass
Love this place and their beautiful hand blown glass art
Fambrini's Farm Fresh Produce
amazing fresh farm produce of good quality and decent prices
La Honda Winery
a small but fine winery to visit and buy elegant wines

Special activities

Davenport Crack
Consider hiking down the crack from the rail tracks and also to the top
McCormick Creek Camp & Gardens LLC
sustainable campgrounds in the beautiful redwoods about 15 min from the beach
Sam McDonald County Park
Not to populated yet has some great hiking trails in the trees
Morro Bay
This is the coastal community with lots of activities for volunteers
California Coastal Trail
This trail eventually will go from Pacifica to santa Cruz

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