Lunge-Feeding Whales

You never know what you'll see on a kayaking excursion!

Sea Life Abounds!

A variety of sea life can be found in the Monterey Bay

Whale Adventures

Monterey Bay offers whale watching at its best

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Whale Watching

The incredible story of our "Lunge-Feeding Whales" photo!

Whale watching in Santa Cruz and the Monterey Bay provides some of the best views of the California Gray Whale, as they pass through the waters off Santa Cruz on their annual migration from Alaska to Mexico in the winter months.  In the spring, humpback whales return to Santa Cruz as they search for food in the nutrient-rich waters of the Monterey Bay.  Catch sight of these majestic creatures and other sea life by taking a whale watching tour or a sailing charter on a luxury yacht.  An abundance of sea otters, dolphins, blue whales, porpoises, sea lions and a variety of ocean birds can be spotted as well in the unique ecosystem of the Monterey Bay. Come to Santa Cruz County and experience some of the best whale watching California has to offer! Read more...

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Best Western Plus Capitola-By-the-Sea

Near beach, shops & quaint Capitola/Soquel Village

Howard Johnson Inn at Santa Cruz Wharf

Offers comfortable ocean view guest rooms

Capitola Hotel

Steps to the beach, in heart of Capitola Village

Chaminade Resort & Spa

Mission-style resort overlooking the Monterey Bay.


Whale Watching from a Safe Distance

This magnificent whale tail image was captured off the Santa Cruz coast




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Respect the Whales


CBS Whale Watching Feature

303 Water Street, Suite 100
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
800.833.3494 or 831.425.1234
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