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Next Level Sailing, San Diego

#4 of 48 in Wildlife in San Diego
Dolphin / Whale Watching · Wildlife Area
We provide private and corporate charters and public individual opportunities to sail on the historic 139 foot schooner America, the magnificent replica of the famous vessel from 1851, destroyed in 1942.

Whale Watching

San Diego has the best whale watching all year around. Watch these magnificent animals aboard the spacious decks of Yacht America, the famous San Diego racing yacht. Experience San Diego sailing as never before on our luxury and historic yacht America as we go whale watching. December through April is the peak season for gray whale watching, when some 28,000 Gray Whales migrate over 10,000 miles to Baja California where they birth their young. In the spring months, we have humpback whales and the summer months bring fin whales and blue whales.


Just when you thought you’d tried all the wonderful things to do in life, out of the pages of history comes the most elegant yachting opportunity most folks will ever experience. From New York, decorated in fame and endeared to generations of sailors we give you the legendary yacht ‘America’

Making an excellent first impression is not easy….unless you are this beautiful yacht. When making a good impression is important….your work is already done.

Entertain up to 77 guests in a manner only befitting your most very special occasions. For small groups she represents an investment in the caliber of your guests. For maximum load she is extremely affordable. No matter what the size of the group…a sail on ‘America’ represents a very elite and unique opportunity.

Are you a meeting planner?

•Crew of 7 for your every need

•Charter window of 4 hours (Longer custom trips available)

•Full Electrical & Music capabilities

•Full Chef Galley / Kitchen

•Incredibly stable ride—’No Seasickness Guarantee’

•No Food or Beverage restrictions

•Sails effortlessly & fast for her size

•Luxury Silver Service fine dining available

Consider these wonderful sailing activities on yacht ‘America’

•Fine evening dining experiences sailing San Diego bay

•Pre-dinner cocktails, sunset and city lights

•Afternoon sailing adventures on the bay and oceans edge

•Seasonal Whale Watching expeditions on the nearby ‘Pacific’

•Television, Movie & Advertising prop

•Batchelor Parties

•Superb Wedding Venue

•Rehearsal Dinner & Post Wedding Cruises

•Anniversaries, Birthdays & Special Family Occasions

•Burials at Sea

•Luxury overnight accommodations and voyages
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  • We had a wonderful time. We enjoyed the friendly crew, complimentary snacks and beverages, and the clean boat. We were able to experience many sea animals including a grey whale.  more »
  • The crew is passionate! The boat is beautiful! The snacks and drinks they offer is nicely appreciated! Very interesting explanation all through the trip! And even if the trip needs to be a bit...  more »
  • My husband and I booked a Whale Watching Trip on the ship America for March 22, 2019. I believe prime whale watching season is December to April each year. This trip ended up being the highlight of our vacation to San Diego. My husband volunteered to help raise the sails on the boat which is a cool experience. The group size on the boat was perfect probably only about 35 people so it was never crowded and everyone had a view of the whales. I do recommend wearing plenty of layers because it is much colder on the water than the land for sure. We got to see a young grey whale that came pretty close to the boat for a while that was so curious and fun to spot. Then we got to see a humpback whale breach and make a huge splash (which is rare apparently) a couple hundred yards away which was amazing! After we saw 2-3 more humpback whales come to the surface to breath and dive back down. On our way back to shore a small pod of dolphins started jumping next to our boat. All of the guides were so friendly and nice and they provided very knowledgeable information on the animals, the bay, the navy, etc. It was nice that they provided complementary drinks and snacks too. My only regret was not wearing a hat and sunscreen because my face got some sun! I will definitely recommend this to my friends and family coming to San Diego.
  • Had an awesome time with Captain Troy and much of his family and crew. The whole experience was a great time and life time memory. We witnessed many whale sightings,dolphins, and other wildlife. The boat was smooth and quite and truly relaxing! Unbelievable value for the money. Thanks again Troy for sharing your most awesome sail boat.

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