Published: Oct 28 2019
Located in Los Angeles County and bordering Orange County, Long Beach is a popular destination for thrill-seekers and beach-goers. Sailing, water skiing, sunbathing, and cruising are top activities for travelers and locals both. Long Beach also features some of the best whale watching in the United States, with access to migratory whales, dolphins, and more – all year-round.
If you’ve been wondering about the best time to book a Long Beach whale watching trip, the good news is that you can see whales migrating all year-round. The gray whale season runs from about December through April, and experienced guides can tell you about the majestic gray whale and its annual migratory path from Alaska to Baja California.
May through November, you’ll be able to spot blue whales and learn about their habits and patterns. Book a whale watching tour by boat with professional guides to point out interesting details about whale pods, and learn about the resident and migratory pods in Long Beach.
Depending on the time of year, you’ll find the following kinds of whales:
In addition to whales, you’ll most likely see dolphins, sea lions, and harbor seals. Long Beach is home to common dolphins, bottlenose dolphins, Pacific white-sided dolphins, and gray dolphins.
Occasionally you’ll spot sharks; the great white shark has been known to hang out in Southern California during the summer months before heading to Baja California when winter comes to SoCal.
It’s always good to pack your bag and check it twice before you depart. You’ll want to be comfortable, warm, and ready for a fun day at sea.
The following items are just some of the things you might consider bringing. We believe these to be essential!
It can be colder and windier at sea, so while many might think of surf shorts and swimsuits, it’s best to layer up for a whale-watching excursion. We recommend a base layer, a long-sleeved shirt or sweatshirt, and a water-resistant jacket with full-length pants and close-toed shoes.
While gratuity is not required, it’s a courteous custom to tip in cash based on your experience on the whale watching boat tour. Fifteen percent is always appreciated, and you can tip more or less depending on how things went.
Seasickness can affect even experienced sailors and boating enthusiasts, so your worry is entirely natural. There are a few things that you can do to prevent seasickness or reduce the symptoms, including:
Long Beach is known for its great festivals, auto racing, and access to the Pacific Ocean. It’s also one of the most culturally diverse places in the U.S., and there’s something for everyone. It’s also only 25 miles or so from Los Angeles, making it an ideal spot to get away from traffic for a day by the ocean.