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The Best Ways to Experience Whale-Watching Season on the West Coast


Travel Pulse by Janeen Christoff

Whale migration is in full swing on the West Coast — a mass cetacean movement that takes place along thousands of miles of Pacific coastline in the cool-weather months. That means whale-watching tours are popping up as far south as Los Cabos, Mexico all the way up to British Columbia, Canada.

In San Diego, whale-watching season will begin on Dec. 13. Hornblower Cruises & Events will once again offer San Diego visitors and residents an up-close and personal experience with some of the most magnificent creatures on earth. To make Hornblower’s cruise truly educational, trained volunteer naturalists from the San Diego Natural History Museum provide interaction with guests, facts and maps, samples of krill and baleen onboard, ongoing commentary for spotting spouts, flukes and massive whale tails as well as information about whale behaviors.

Hornblower also makes good on its promise to see the marquee animal. If a whale is not sighted during a cruise, passengers will receive a pass good for another whale-watching cruise. Hornblower guarantees that every passenger will experience the exhilaration of witnessing a whale break the surface of the water for the first time.

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