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Point Reyes Whale Watching

Those who venture along the rocky trails will be rewarded with the sight of rare gray whales

Point Reyes Whale Watching in San Francisco - Best Time
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Gray whales or California whales are in sight during winter months when the Bay Area is free from fogs which hover above the waters during the warm season. Nowadays, gray whales belong to rare marine species. The hotspots for whale watching are located around Chimney Rock and the Lighthouse at Point Reyes. To get there you will​ have to walk along the cliffs, but the spectacle is worth it. You will need a warm coat and appropriate shoes. You can also see humpback and orca whales from the viewpoint.

Point Reyes Lighthouse
Point Reyes Lighthouse

Usually late December–January is the right time to spot whales on their southern migration, and in about mid-March, they head back north to the Alaskan waters. in April you might spot some mother whales with calves along the shore.

Surfing Gray Whale
Surfing Gray Whale
Gray whale mother and calf  at Point Reyes Lighthouse
Gray whale mother and calf at Point Reyes Lighthouse

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