The New York Times named the Mendocino Coast (with Fort Bragg at the heart of the Coast) as #3 on its “52 Places to Visit in 2014.” What better time to visit than the 32nd Annual Fort Bragg Whale Festival, March 15 & 16?
Sponsored by the Mendocino Coast Chamber of Commerce, Fort Bragg offers more ways than anywhere to see Whales: by horseback, on foot and by sea. And there will be plenty to do: tour Fort Bragg’s very own blue whale skeleton, check out our crafts fair, attend the annual chowder tasting created by great local chefs and sample great microbreweries (a Fort Bragg Rotary-sponsored fundraiser). There’s also a 10k/5k run and walk on Saturday, March 15.
Ricochet Ranch offers beach rides where you are bound to see whales just beyond the waves, while local fishing charters will carry tourists out of Noyo Harbor to see the whales close up and personal.
Best whale viewing spots: Laguna Point, MacKerricher State Park, and Point Cabrillo Light Station State Historic Park. Whale docents will be in both locations. Bring binoculars and be prepared for cool weather.