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Old 05-15-2010, 08:20 AM   #1
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CA Whale Watching in July? LOTS of help needed :)

Hello! I am looking for some help on a CA whale watching trip. It will be: me, DH, DD9, DS7, my Mom, 2 adult bro's, 1 adult sis. There is a huge long story as to why this trip needs to happen this summer, but I won't go into all of that If you'd like to know the details, they are here: http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2398999

Anyway, I'm just really desperate for some advice. We will probably have to drive from the Dallas, TX area. Someone has donated 2 SWA tickets, so I think Mom will have a roundtrip ticket, so she won't have to suffer through the long trip.

Our main reason for going is so my Mom can see the whales. On my budget board thread, many suggested Monterey. Is that the ideal place in July? Where should we stay? Any discounts on excursions or food? Any aquarium discounts? Any help you guys could offer is appreciated God bless you!
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It looks like Monterey is the best place to see Whales during the summer. I would also highly recommend taking sea sickness meds like Bonine before you go out on the boat.
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Old 05-16-2010, 02:13 AM   #3
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It looks like Monterey is the best place to see Whales during the summer. I would also highly recommend taking sea sickness meds like Bonine before you go out on the boat.
Great, thanks!! I hadn't checked in a while & couldn't remember the best dates. And, YES, we will definitely have to prepare for sea sickness. DH & I both get motion sickness (Of course, my Mom, who is going through chemo, has Zofran & another anti-nausea med. I wonder if that would be better????)

Any advice on affordable (but NOT nasty) hotels?

EDIT: I JUST noticed you're a breast cancer survivor!!!! That's WONDERFUL!!!!!! My mom has stage 4 breast cancer & is on a clinical trial right now. Things are going GREAT right now God bless you!
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Old 05-16-2010, 10:30 AM   #4
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Thank you! Yes, I am 2 years out of treatment. So far, so good! Good luck to your mom!

We stayed at the Embassy Suites in Seaside, which is just next to Monterey. It was a very nice hotel with a free hot breakfast in the morning and very nice rooms.
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We love Monterey and the area around there! Very lovely, and we spent part of our honeymoon there. Hotels will be less expensive if you stay a little out from downtown Monterey itself - especially a little north of the city. Of course there's some expensive hotels in Pacific Grove, Carmel, etc. too. The closer you get to the waterfront, the more expensive it will be.

We stayed at the Best Western Victorian Inn near the central tourist area of Monterey (less than 1/2 mile from the aquarium, fishermans wharf, etc.) and we loved it. Very nice, but more in the moderate price for that area - I think it was around $110 a night back then, but it's been several years and I'm not sure what the current rates would be.

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Old 05-23-2010, 01:40 AM   #6
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This site has $2 off per ticket at the aquarium:

http://www.visitcalifornia.com/pages/funspots

I hope you have a wonderful trip!
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