At El Cajon Mitsubishi, we’re proud to serve the El Cajon and San Diego areas. One of the best things about San Diego is that it’s one of the few places in the country that offers local whale-watching. Whether you’re looking for a fun family adventure or a romantic activity, whale-watching is fun for everyone.

Whale-watching season in San Diego typically starts in early December and lasts through April. That means now is the perfect time to get outdoors and onto a boat. In particular, gray whales can be seen migrating just off the coast, a spectacular sight. About 20,000 gray whales make a 10,000-mile trip from Alaska to Baja, the longest known distance any mammal migrates on a yearly basis. Most blue whales travel from June through September, making late summer and early fall the best time to see them.

According to the San Diego Whale Watching Guide, there are two major ways to see the whales: by land or by sea. Birch Aquarium, Cabrillo National Monument, and Torrey Pines State Reserve offer great locations to watch from land—perfect for those who get sea sick on the water. To get up close and personal on the water, you may need to find a tour and book and excursion.

Be sure to dress for the water if you decide to go out, and bring any necessary supplies. For example, some may need motion-sickness medicine (i.e., Dramamine). If you want to wait for the ideal time, the official Whale Watch Weekend is held in February.