Whale Watching in Big Sur

Date: March 17, 2023
Category: Blog News Tips

Spring is approaching, and so are the whales. Big Sur is a stunning landscape of mountains, redwood forests, and beaches. It’s also home to some of California’s most popular whale-watching spots. During the month of March, mother gray whales and their calves swim close to shore on their return migration to the Arctic.



Whale Watching Tips:

  Bring binoculars if you have them – it helps to see whales better!

  Dress appropriately for weather conditions (rain gear, sunscreen). You may want to bring snacks and water, too!

  Do not approach the whales.

  Keep your distance from the water’s edge.


The Best Time to Go Whale Watching in Big Sur

If you’re looking for the best time to go whale watching in Big Sur, the answer is simple: any time.

The weather conditions are always perfect for whale watching–it’s just a matter of which whales you want to see. The California gray whale migration occurs from December through March, while their southern cousins (the Pacific gray) migrate from June through October. Whales can be spotted year-round off the coast of Big Sur, but they’re most abundant during these times of year because there are more of them around and they’re easier to spot.

While you’re at it, don’t forget to look out for other wildlife in Big Sur. You may see sea lions and dolphins, as well as eagles and ospreys. Sea otter pups are also born between January and March. Make sure to be on the lookout for baby sea otters alongside their mothers during your next visit.


Whether you like whales, sea otters, or the redwoods, Big Sur Lodge is the perfect place to spend your next vacation if you want to get in touch with nature during the springtime. Book your next stay today!