Winter Migration

Northern Elephant Seals, Gray Whales, Buffleheads, Monarch Butterflies and more all make their way to California's Central Coast each winter. With our Winter Migration Package you'll experience the majesty of migratory wildlife along coastal California while enjoying spectacular ocean views from your Moonstone Beach accommodations. You might even catch a glimpse of dolphins as you enjoy breakfast or a fresh cup of coffee before heading out to take in the sights.

Use Promo Code WINTER24 for a 15% discount at all four oceanfront properties now through March 2024. Our Winter Migration Package includes:

  • 15% discount on your stay at all Cambria Inns Collection properties
  • Binoculars available for checkout from the front desk on a first come, first served basis
  • Complimentary breakfast, WiFi & parking & EV station
  • Available for any stay through March 2024, excluding February 17-19, 2024
  • Enter code WINTER24 on reservation page to book
* Subject to availability. New reservations only. Cannot be combined with any other discounts or specials. 48-hour cancellation policy applies.

Explore the Sights

Winter Migration

Northern Elephant Seals

Northern Elephant Seals

The Northern Elephant Seals stop near Piedras Blancas two times throughout the year, including in January and February, when the females arrive to give birth and mate for the season. These mammals are the second largest seal in the northern hemisphere, with males weighing up to 5,000 pounds. Each day, the Friends of the Elephant Seals' have knowledgeable docents there in their blue jackets available to talk with you about what the elephant seals are doing, educate you on what’s happening at the rookery, and provide guidelines and tips for your visit.

Gray Whales

Gray Whales, which have the longest migration of any mammal, will travel 10,000-12,000 miles round trip each year between Mexico and the Arctic. During their southward migration they're led by pregnant females focused on reaching the warm waters of the lagoons along the Baja Peninsula. They tend to travel within five to seven miles of the shoreline so keep an eye out for their distinct tails, which can be up to 12 feet across. Santa Rosa Creek Park at the end of Moonstone Beach is an excellent spot for whale watching.

Winter Birds
Winter Migration


Join the thousands of birds stopping in Cambria and surrounding communities during winter. More than 200 species will fly over the region during this peak season. The Morro Bay Winter Bird Festival has something for everyone during a four-day bonanza of birds with events throughout the area Jan 11-15, 2024.

Monarch Butterflies

January and February are the perfect time to witness the glory of black and gold monarch butterflies. Most will have traveled over 1,000 miles, braving harsh weather conditions, to reach their roost for the winter. Eucalyptus groves throughout the county can be found harboring these delicate creatures who will camouflage themselves in the leaves and cluster together for protection from the wind and rain. California Western Monarch Day is celebrated on February 5, 2024.