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The Sands by the Sea is proud to be a recognized viewing site of The Whale Trail. Situated on the scenic Highway One just three miles south of Hearst Castle we offer guests and travelers an ideal spot to view these majestic creatures as they make their migration to/from the Gulf of Alaska to/from the warm waters of Baja California.
The Central Coast of California is most often visited by three species of whales: California Gray Whale, Humpback Whale, and Blue Whale. The most common is the California Gray Whale, which migrates between the feeding grounds of the Gulf of Alaska and the birthing/mating grounds of Baja California. California Gray Whales can be spotted making their southern migration between November and December and their northern migration between February and May. Humpback Whales visit the Central Coast between May and October, while Blue Whales travel between June and October. These sightings are quite rare as Blue Whales are considered an endangered species.
9415 Hearst Dr. • San Simeon, CA 93452 • 805-927-4688
Wheelchair accessible. Three telescopes are available on the deck oceanfront for complimentary viewing.