Whale Watching in Cambria

You definitely don’t have to wait until summer to enjoy a fantastic getaway to the California Coast; in fact, wintertime is one of the best times to visit Cambria. You will find beautiful surroundings, less crowds and a temperate climate during the winter months. It’s also prime time for enjoying a whale watching experience.



From December through February, Gray Whales gather along the Central Coast. During this time, they make their way south to warmer waters before returning to the area in spring as they head north. Situated along Moonstone Beach, each of the hotels of the Cambria Inns Collection offers great viewing points from which to spot whales. Usually, the whales travel just five to seven miles from the shore. And, thanks to clear winter skies and pristine ocean views from your room or patio, spotting whales, as well as dolphins, sea otters and sea lions from the shore can be a daily occurrence. Sometimes, even humpback whales, minke whales and harbor porpoises can also be seen.


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To make the most of your wildlife viewing experience, the Whale Trail organization has identified the best whale watching spots along the coast. Of these spots, six can be found along the Highway 1 Discovery Route in and around Cambria. Each of these designated viewpoints, including one in the heart of Cambria, offers signs containing helpful information about the sealife commonly discovered there to make it easier to recognize the marine life you may see.

Of course, you may prefer to get a little closer to the action out on the water. For this, there are several companies that offer whale watching excursions that depart from nearby areas. But we have to admit that it’s pretty special (and convenient!) to spot a whale or dolphin from the comforts of your own hotel room just steps from the sand.


With our Winter Migration Package, you’ll experience the majesty of migratory wildlife along the Central Coast. Enjoy unobstructed ocean views from your Moonstone Beach accommodations as well as other great perks.


Our Winter Migration Package includes:mother_sea_otter_with_rare_twin_baby_pups

  • 20% discount on your reservation at any Cambria Inns Collection property
  • Binoculars available for checkout from the front desk
  • Complimentary Cambria activity map with wildlife viewing tips
  • Access to a variety of free Coastal Discovery events countywide
  • Available for any stay during the months of January through March, excluding February 14-16, 2020


Select Winter Migration Deal from the reservation page to enjoy this special offer. Subject to availability. Taxes are not included and no other discount programs can be used. 48-hour cancellation policy applies. The Cambria Inns Collection offers your choice of hotels in Cambria, including Blue Dolphin InnSand Pebbles InnMoonstone Cottages and Castle Inn. All located along the picturesque Moonstone Beach in Cambria, the Cambria Inns Collection of hotels offer the best in comfort and convenience.

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