Watch for whales off San Diego’s coast
Each year more than 25,000 gray whales migrate from the chilly waters off Alaska’s coast to the warmer waters in Baja California 5,000 miles away. This parade of gentle giants passes right by San Diego from mid-December to mid-March, reaching a peak from late January to early February, when as many as eight grays pass by the city’s shores each hour. A great spot to view them is Cabrillo National Monument on Point Loma Peninsula, as these 40- to 50-foot mammals pass right by the site’s historic lighthouse and can be seen from its glass-enclosed observatory. You can also set off on an educational whale-watching cruise with the Maritime Museum of San Diego or rent a kayak in La Jolla for an even closer encounter with these migrating mammals.