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Sea temperatures, water sports and vacation activities near San Diego, United States

Water temperatures throughout the year and general information about San Diego...

San Diego is a coastal city in the United States. It is a rather small-sized town close to the water with a population of 4488 people. The water temperature around San Diego changes slightly year round. The temperature ranges from 14.6°C (58.3°F) in February up to 20.9°C (69.6°F) in the month of August, as shown in the interactive table below. The average water temperature throughout the year is 17°C (63°F) and the best time for water activities is late summer, since San Diego 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 San Diego?

The current water temperature in the month of October near San Diego is ca:
19°C (66°F)

Are there surf spots in close proximity to San Diego?

There are not many surf spots close to San Diego. A good spot nearby is Bob Hall Pier, which is about 63.8km (40miles) away from San Diego. Click here for more information on Bob Hall Pier and its current water temperature. Other fun surfspots near San Diego are Packery Channel, which is approximately 64.4km (40miles) away, and Corpus Christi, located ca 64.4km (40miles) from San Diego.

Are there white sand beaches close by?

There are not too many beaches close to San Diego. A good beach nearby is Mustang Island, which is only 65.3km (40.6miles) away from San Diego. Another beach near San Diego is Padre Island, which is approximately 82.5km (51.3miles) away.

What kind of wetsuit is needed for San Diego?

The sea temperature around San Diego is relatively cold, reaching up to 21°C (70°F) in the months of July, August, and September. During this time, in the late summer, a 3/2 wetsuit might be recommended to be in the water for several hours, but some might even be fine with a jumpsuit or even a wetsuit top for surfing, swimming, snorkelling, or scuba diving around San Diego. However, during January, February, and March, temperatures drop down to approximately 15°C (58°F). During these months, a 3-4mm wetsuit is recommended to feel comfortable, but some might even be ok with a good-quality 2/3mm suit . For very cold conditions and cold mornings/evenings, it might be better to bring a pair of boots and a wetsuit hoodie.

How is the diving and fishing close to San Diego?

Due to significant temperature changes throughout the year, scuba diving and fishing conditions change a lot depending on the season. The temperature ranges from 15 to 20°C (58-67°F) during January, February, and March. Atlantic Mackerel, Winter Flounder, and Tautog love this temperature range. Nevertheless, the conditions typically change during July, August, and September when temperatures range from 16 to 21°C (61-70°F). Fish which love this water temperature include: Red Snapper, Skipjack Tuna, Striped Bass, and Weakfish.

Directions to San Diego: How do I get there?

Please follow the directions in the map below.

Fun facts about San Diego...

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