Weighing in at 35 tons and measuring 50 feet, the California Gray Whale is a true sight to be seen. From mid-December to mid-April, more than 25,000 whales migrate from the cold Alaskan feeding waters to the warmer winter mating and calving grounds of Baja California. This roundtrip of 10 to 14 thousand miles is believed to be the longest migration by any mammal—and provides numerous opportunities for Inspirato members to view this amazing creature up close.

San Francisco

Thirty miles from the Golden Gate are the Farollon Islands. This designated wilderness refuge offers a reliable (for whale-watching standards) destination to see marine wildlife. San Francisco Whale Tours offer year-round whale watching, but we suggest January through March for your best shot to catch a glimpse. A great offering for guests is that if there’s no whale sighting, the next trip is on them!

Where to Stay:

On the first stop of your whale-watching journey, Inspirato offers a variety of accommodations. From a Resort Residence and Hotel Residence to a variety of Hotel Rooms/Suites, Inspirato will fit the needs of all members.

Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara, California

Step aboard the Condor Express, one of the most advanced whale-watching boats on the West Coast. You’ll head to the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary, which are a premier whale-watching area just minutes from Santa Barbara Harbor. The raised observation deck offers the perfect point of view for photographing the whales.

Where to Stay:

After a day on the water, you may desire a little pampering. Belmond El Encanto is the ideal hotel to retreat to with a full service spa.

Dana Point

The deep and nutrient-rich waters surrounding Newport Harbor draw an abundance of marine life. Newport Landing Whale Watching has served Orange County’s whale-watching needs for more than 20 years. With backgrounds in marine biology, their captains offer descriptive narrations that make the whale-watching experience a rich one.

Where to Stay:

Get in a round of golf at the award-winning, championship Monarch Beach Golf Links designed by the renowned Robert Trent Jones, Jr.. The newly remolded resort is sure to impress.

San Diego

Unique to San Diego is the opportunity to view the whales from shore. Try the Birch Aquarium at Scripps, the Cabrillo National Monument and Torrey Pines State Reserve for the best views. Another unique option is a sunset cruise with San Diego Whale Watch.

Where to Stay:

It’s impossible to talk about San Diego without mentioning The Del. If your family needs some more space, the Calita residence offers 4,700 square feet just steps from La Jolla Village..

Los Cabos

Los Cabos, Mexico

Whale Watch Cabo  is the only dedicated whale-watching company in the Cabo San Lucas region. Staffed exclusively by English-speaking marine biologists, this is certainly no booze cruise. Take the opportunity to obtain a greater understanding and appreciation of the Gray Whale.

Where to Stay:

Give the whole family an experience of a lifetime by viewing the Gray Whales then coming home to your four-bedroom, oceanfront home, Costero. If you have kids, they will absolutely love the dual infinity-edge pools and hot tub with views to Lands End.

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