The annual migration of the gray whale is currently underway, and Half Moon Bay is the perfect spot for witnessing the journey of these spectacular creatures. Beginning in early December through the end of March, approximately 15,000 gray whales swim south from the icy waters of the Arctic to mate and nurse their young in the warm, shallow lagoons along Magdalena Bay in Baja, California. For those who like to plan ahead, March through early April is a great time to spot humpback whales as they begin moving closer to shore.
Several local companies offer whale watching excursions:
•Huli Cat Sportfishing, (650) 726-2926, www.hulicat.com
•Half Moon Bay Sportfishing & Tackle, (650) 728-3377, www.hmbfishing.com
•Riptide Sportfishing, (888) 747-8433, www.riptide.net