It is no secret that San Diego has great weather all year round and that no matter when you choose to enjoy a vacation here, you'll find a plethora of fun activities to attend. When it comes to fun things to do, San Diego offers the widest variety for ages 1 to 99. Active or more on the Zen side personalities, you will not be bored here. When speaking about the weather, this factor can make or break a vacation pretty much anywhere else but California.
San Diego ranked number 1 with 261 per year "pleasant" days, with an average temperature between 55F to 75F. Here, in the San Diego area you really can't go wrong since even when it does rain, it only lasts for an hour or so. You can spend this time at your vacation rental watching the rain from a comfortable couch on the deck.
With only two seasons that average highs of 76-78F in the summer, and 66-67F in the winter, San Diego is a perfect vacation destination. During March and April and September to November you can visit and avoid the crowds that come to California during the summer months.
There really is no bad time to visit San Diego, but to help you choose the perfect vacation, tailored for your own needs and expectations we have created this breakdown of the major seasons in California.
San Diego Seasons and Best Months to Visit
Spring with its fresh perfect weather and temperatures of 55F to 69F brings the bloom of the 50 acres of flower fields in Carlsbad. The lakes in the San Diego area are also filled with bass, bluegill, and catfish waiting to be hooked.
Other fun activities to do in San Diego during spring:
- Celebrate St. Patty's Day - Gather up your favorite lads and lasses and celebrate the one day a year where everyone's Irish.
- Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with some authentic Mexican food, folklore and fun.
- Attend Cherry Blossom Week formerly known as Cherry Blossom Festival organized by the Japanese Friendship Garden (JFG)
Summertime in San Diego, months June through August are the warmest in the area. This is the peak tourist season for many reasons like school summer holidays and longer daylight hours, but also because the weather is perfect for planning an outdoor activities vacation. You will find numerous water sport rentals operating in San Diego and some of them even offer classes for various water sports like paddleboarding and even scuba diving certification. Summertime is the best time to enjoy water sports like:
When planning a vacation trip to San Diego early in the summer, be aware of the phenomenon known as "May Gray and June Gloom". This is when fog covers the coast in the morning. Things usually clear up by the afternoon, but occasionally the fog lasts all day, making a trip to the beach a damp and chilly affair.
September and October in San Diego are the fall months when air temperatures drop, but not by much averaging from 75F to 65F.
This is the perfect season to shoot 18 holes at the many world-renowned golf courses in the area or take a hike at Annie's Canyon Trail or San Elijo Lagoon Nature Center.
Other fun things to do in San Diego during the fall months:
- Celebrate Indigenous People's Day
- Celebrate Halloween
- Build a bonfire on the beach (where allowed)
- Visit the many museums in San Diego
Winters in San Diego don't get to harsh, but the weather is not fit for water sports anymore. December through February averages highs of 65 degrees and overnight lows of about 50 degrees. Just like the rest of the year, the winter season brings its own fun activities that you can enjoy.
Balboa Park's December Nights is one of Balboa Park's longest-running and most popular events. Displaying colorful light, featuring dozens of bands, choirs, and dancers, and offering a large array of delicious food this event takes place in one of the first weekends of December.
Go whale watching. December to April is San Diego's gray whale watching season. Each year, over 20,000 gray whales make their way from Alaska to Baja California and then head back north again in the spring. Mature gray whales are the width of a basketball court and travel about five knots (or six miles) an hour and you can catch a glimpse of their migration.
Witness the San Diego Bay Parade of Lights. This free event is organized by the San Diego boating community. Each year, they decorate around 80 boats with dazzling lights following a different specific theme.
Go ice skating at the Hotel Del Coronado. Yes, that right, ice skating in San Diego! Whether you live in a place that gets plenty of snow, or you've never seen snow before, it is always fun to ice skate surrounded by palm trees.
Perfect Vacation Rentals for a Pleasant Stay in San Diego
Located in Cardiff by-the-Sea, only 26 miles from downtown San Diego you will find our luxurious vacation rentals. The Parkhouse, the Penthouse,and the Seacottage are the excellent choices for your stay in San Diego.
Minutes from the beach and all major attractions, our beautiful homes are cleaned as per CDC regulations and ready to welcome you, our guests, all year round. With beautiful amenities at the properties, our vacation rentals are suitable for families traveling with kids for a fun-filled San Diego vacation, as well as for couples searching for a relaxing retreat. San Diego with its beautiful weather and kind people welcomes guests all year round, and so do we at Cardiff Vacations.
For a pleasant stay in San Diego choose Cardiff Vacations!