If you missed the Mendocino, Little River and Fort Bragg Whale Festivals this past month (March), don’t fret. Whales cruise the Mendocino Coast 365 days a year.
Of course, the Gray Whales get most of the attention, as they flow — 20,000 strong — from Alaska to Baja California from December to April. Of course, those aren’t fixed days. You will see Grays earlier than December and later than April.
Giant Blue Whales and Humpbacks appear regularly, too.
Pretty much any ocean-side cliff (don’t get too close), is a whale viewing spot. But the best, by far, is Point Cabrillo Light Station State Historic Park, where you will find one of the few working lighthouses in the U.S. and, just offshore, whale spouts galore. The month of April might actually be the best time to view these whales because the females come close to shore with their recently-born calves as they head north to summer feeding grounds up north. They come close to avoid attacks by Orcas, also known as Killer Whales.
Standing next the lighthouse looking out to sea in search of whales — or sea lions on nearby rocks — is a great past-time for the whole family.