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

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

Santa Cruz is an island in the United States. It is located in the Channel Islands of California island group. The water temperature around Santa Cruz is steady throughout the year. The temperature ranges from 11.6°C (52.9°F) in April up to 14.1°C (57.4°F) in the month of September, as shown in the graph below. The average water temperature throughout the year is 13°C (55°F) and the best time for water activities is early fall, since Santa Cruz 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 Cruz?

The current water temperature in the month of September in the waters close to Santa Cruz is approximately:
14°C (57°F)

Are there surf spots near by?

Yes, there are several surf spots in close proximity to Santa Cruz. The closest one is Cowells cove, which is only 1.2km (1miles) away from Santa Cruz. Click here for directions and to check out more information on Cowells cove and its water temperature. Other good surfspots near Santa Cruz are Steamer Lane, which is ca 1.6km (1miles) away, and Murph Bar, located ca 1.9km (1.2miles) from Santa Cruz.

Are there beaches in close proximity to Santa Cruz?

Yes, there are more nice beaches close to Santa Cruz. The closest one is Santa Cruz Beach, which is only 1km (0.6miles) away from Santa Cruz. Another beach near Santa Cruz is Light House State Beach, which is ca 1.5km (0.9miles) away.

What wetsuit is needed for Santa Cruz?

The average water temperature around Santa Cruz is definitely cold, around 13°C (55°F), with very little variations throughout the year. Because of this, a 3/4mm wetsuit is required for surfing, snorkelling, or diving around Santa Cruz. However, it can get more chilly in the mornings and during windy days. People who are sensitive to cold temperatures might want to carry boots, gloves, and a wetsuit hood. The coldest months are March, April, and May. It might be ok to use a 2/3mm wetsuit during relatively warm days in the fall, especially in the months of August, September, and October.

How is the scuba diving and fishing near Santa Cruz?

Fishing and diving conditions are very similar throughout the year. The waters are mostly cold, reaching temperatures between 9 and 14°C (48-57°F). The following fish can often times be found in waters of this temperature range: Atlantic Mackerel, Winter Flounder, and Tautog.

Directions to Santa Cruz: How do I get there?

Please follow the directions in the map below.

Interesting facts about Santa Cruz...

Do you know what the the city Cottanello in Italy, the city Wenluo in China, and the city Mesia in Spain have in common with Santa Cruz? Click on the links to find out...