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

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

Santa Monica is a coastal city in the United States. It is a quite mid-size city in proximity to the ocean with a population of 89736 people. The water temperature around Santa Monica changes moderately during the year. The temperature ranges from 13.9°C (56.9°F) in March up to 19°C (66.1°F) in the month of September, as illustrated below. The average water temperature throughout the year is 16°C (61°F) and the best time for water activities is early fall, since Santa Monica 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 Monica?

The current water temperature in the month of April in the waters near Santa Monica is about:
15°C (59°F)

Are there surf spots near by?

Yes, there are a few surf spots in close proximity to Santa Monica. The closest one is Santa Monica-Samo 20, which is just 1km (0.6miles) away from Santa Monica. Click here for more information on Santa Monica-Samo 20 and its current water temperature. Other good surfspots near Santa Monica are Bay Street, Santa Monica, which is approximately 1km (0.6miles) away, and Venice-Rose Avenue, located approximately 1.9km (1.2miles) from Santa Monica.

Are there gorgeous beaches in proximity to Santa Monica?

There are other nice beaches close to Santa Monica. The nearest one is Santa Monica State Beach, which is 0.8km (0.5miles) away from Santa Monica. Another nice beach near Santa Monica is Venice Beach, which is ca 2.7km (1.7miles) away.

What kind of wetsuit do I need for Santa Monica?

The sea temperature around Santa Monica is relatively cold, reaching up to 19°C (66°F) in the months of August, September, and October. During this time, in the early fall, a 3/2 wetsuit might be required to be in the water for a good amount of time, but some people might even be fine with a jumpsuit or even a wetsuit top for surfing, swimming, snorkelling, or diving around Santa Monica. However, during February, March, and April, sea temperatures drop down to 14°C (57°F). In this season, a 3-4mm wetsuit is required to feel comfortable, but some might even be ok with a good-quality 2/3mm suit . For very chilly conditions and cold mornings/evenings, it might be advisable to bring a pair of boots and a wetsuit hoodie.

How is the diving and fishing near Santa Monica?

Due to comparatively large sea temperature changes throughout the year, diving and fishing conditions alter a lot depending on the season. The temperature ranges from 14 to 19°C (57-66°F) during February, March, and April. Atlantic Mackerel, Winter Flounder, and Tautog can usually be found in waters of this temperature range. Nevertheless, the conditions typically change during August, September, and October when temperatures go up to 14 to 19°C (57-66°F). Fish which love this water temperature include: Red Snapper, Skipjack Tuna, Striped Bass, and Weakfish.

Directions to Santa Monica: How do I get there?

Please follow the directions in the map below.

Some fun facts about Santa Monica...

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