Hi - your question as to whether to see whales in Baja, Mexico or Monterey Bay is a close tie. You can probably see whales in Monterey from late December through late March. Gray whales in the winter and blue, minke, and orca later on. I suggest contacting Chris's Fishermans Wharf at (408) 375-5951 or Randy's Fishing Trips at (408) 372-7440. Mexico's Magdalena Bay will have gray whales with calves from mid-Jan through mid-March. You can also go out on charter boats from the more southern places like La Paz and see dolphins, fin, humpbacks and grays - even blue and sperm whales are seen in the Sea of Cortez at this time. Try contacting Baja Expeditions at (800) 843-6967 or Biological Journeys at (800)548-7555. Good luck and have a great trip!! ________________________________________________ Hi Kim, I was hoping you might be able to help me figure out the details of a trip I will take to Big Sur, California, so that I would be able to economically include the best whale watching as well into the trip. I am trying to set up the dates to visit for a few days in Big Sur and then to take a few days to either: (1) take a shuttle down to San Diego and then travel to Baja to find a spot to boat out with guide and watch whales for a couple of days, then fly home to Richmond, VA. (2) or stay in the vicinity and spend a few days taking daily trips with a knowlegable tour guide out into Monterey Bay to watch for whales, then fly home. I want to take the trip in either later January or right after Valentines Day in February. The added expense of going south to Baja is not a problem if the results are much greater, but the convenience of staying around Monterey Bay attracts me there if there are supposed to be whales in the area around that time of year. Kim Marshall-Tilas (617) 259-0423 Whale Conservation Institute fax: 259-0288 191 Weston Road website: www.whale.org Lincoln, MA 01773 Are you a member of WCI yet?