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Sea temperatures, water sports and vacation activities near Santa Barbara, United States

Water temperatures throughout the year and general information about Santa Barbara...

Santa Barbara is a coastal city in the United States. It is a relatively average coastal town in proximity to the ocean with a population of 88410 people. The water temperature around Santa Barbara has slight variability throughout the year. The temperature ranges from 13.1°C (55.6°F) in April up to 18.2°C (64.7°F) in the month of August, as shown in the graph below. The average water temperature throughout the year is 15°C (60°F) and the best time for water activities is late summer, since Santa Barbara 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 Santa Barbara?

The current water temperature in the month of July in the waters close to Santa Barbara is approximately:
17°C (63°F)

Are there surf spots near by?

Yes, there are several surf spots in close proximity to Santa Barbara. The closest one is Sandspit, which is just 1.2km (0.9miles) away from Santa Barbara. Click here for directions and to check out more information on Sandspit and its current water temperature. Other surfspots near Santa Barbara are Leadbetter, which is roughly 1.5km (0.9miles) away, and Mesa Lane, located ca 2.5km (1.6miles) from Santa Barbara.

Are there beaches in close proximity to Santa Barbara?

Yes, there are other nice beaches near to Santa Barbara. The closest one is Santa Barbara County, which is only 0km (0miles) away from Santa Barbara. Another nice beach near Santa Barbara is Santa Barbara East Beach, which is 1.2km (0.7miles) away.

What wetsuit do I need for Santa Barbara?

The water temperature around Santa Barbara is relatively cold, reaching up to 18°C (65°F) in the months of July, August, and September. During this time, in the late summer, a 3/2 wetsuit might be required to feel comfortable, but some people might even be ok with a jumpsuit or even a wetsuit top for surfing, swimming, snorkelling, or scuba diving . However, during spring, sea temperatures reach lows of nearly 13°C (56°F). During these months, a 3-4mm wetsuit is recommended to feel comfortable, but some people might even be ok with a good 2/3mm suit . For very chilly conditions and cold mornings/evenings, it might be recommended to bring a pair of boots and a wetsuit hoodie.

How is the scuba diving and fishing near Santa Barbara?

Due to relatively large sea temperature changes throughout the year, fishing and diving conditions vary quite a bit depending on the season. The temperature ranges from 13 to 18°C (56-65°F) during spring. Atlantic Mackerel, Winter Flounder, and Tautog are typical fish that can be found in waters of this temperature range. Nevertheless, the conditions change during July, August, and September when water temperatures reach 13 to 18°C (56-65°F). Fish that love this water temperature include: Red Snapper, Skipjack Tuna, Striped Bass, and Weakfish.

Directions to Santa Barbara: How do I get there?

Please follow the directions in the map below.

Interesting facts about Santa Barbara...

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