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Sea temperatures, water sports and vacation activities near California, United States

Water temperatures throughout the year and general information about California...

California is a coastal city in the United States. It is a fairly dense city close to the water with a population of 11857 people. The water temperature around California changes extremely throughout the year. The temperature ranges from 1.5°C (34.7°F) in January up to 25.4°C (77.7°F) in the month of August, as illustrated below. The average water temperature throughout the year is 14°C (58°F) and the best time for water activities is late summer, since California is located in the northern hemisphere.

Hover over the bars to see temperature for each month in Celsius and Fahrenheit.

What is the current water temperature near California?

The current water temperature in the month of August near California is about:
25°C (78°F)

Are there surf spots located close to California?

There are not many surf spots close to California. A spot that might be worth checking out is Assateague, which is roughly 74.2km (47.5miles) away from California. Click here to check out more information on Assateague and its water temperature. Other good surfspots near California are Wedge, which is 76.4km (47.5miles) away, and Ocean City, located roughly 78km (48.5miles) from California.

Are there gorgeous beaches near by?

There are some beaches near to California. The nearest one is St George Island Beach, which is just 12.8km (7.9miles) away from California. Another beach near California is Sandy Point, which is ca 15km (9.3miles) away.

Which wetsuit thickness do I need for California?

The sea temperature around California is very warm, reaching up to 25°C (78°F) in the months of July, August, and September. During this time, in the late summer, a rashguard or 1mm wetsuit top might be required for sensitive people, but most will be ok without a wetsuit for surfing, swimming, snorkelling, or scuba diving . However, during winter, water temperatures reach lows of approximately 1°C (35°F). During these months, a 5/6 drysuit with booties, hoddie and gloves is recommended to be able to stay in the water for a significant amount of time, but some might even be fine with a very good 5/6mm wetsuit for very short periods of time . For very windy conditions and cold mornings/evenings, it might be advisable to bring a big supply of extra warm clothing and hot drinks.

How is the diving and fishing close to California?

Due to comparatively large temperature changes during the year, fishing and diving conditions alter quite a bit depending on the time of the year. The temperature ranges from 1 to 6°C (35-44°F) during December, January, and February. Pollock, Winter Flounder, and Atlantic Cod are typical fish that can be found in waters of this temperature range. However, the conditions change during July, August, and September when water temperatures range from 20 to 25°C (69-78°F). Fish which love this water temperature include: Barracuda, Black Marlin, Blue Marlin, Jack Crevalle, Sailfish, and Yellowfin Tuna.

Directions to California: How do I get there?

Please follow the directions in the map below.

Some fun facts about California...

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