There’s a lot to see and do in San Diego, so planning your vacation carefully and thoughtfully is key. The activities you want to do, whether you’ve come to see the whales or what kind of weather you want will all determine when you should visit San Diego. Here are a few of our top tips for your San Diego vacation.
Plan Around the Weather and the Crowds on your San Diego Trip
Though California may be known for its sunny skies and hot summers, that’s not always true for San Diego, which gets an average of 102 cloudy days per year. So if you’re coming to San Diego for warm weather and clear skies, shoot for August through November when you’ll get moderate temperatures on your San Diego trip.
Crowds are the worst in summer, but there are other times of the year when conventions commonly come to town and bring their own crowds. Do your research before you go.
If You’re Coming for Events
Depending on the kind of San Diego vacation you want, you can either plan for or around events. Trip Savvy updates a great list of month by month events in San Diego. In January, for example, you can attend Restaurant Week and the San Diego Brew Festival. Or in July, you can watch the Del Mar horse races, Comic-Con and the Pride Parade. In November, there’s the jazz and beer festivals.
Whales have made San Diego famous. The San Diego gray whale watching season lasts from December till April, coinciding with the gray whale’s 10,000-mile migration from Alaska to the lagoons of Baja California. More than 20,000 gray whales make the journey to give birth to their calves. During the summer, an estimated 2,000 blue whales feed off the coast of California.
You can spot the whales from land by taking hikes. Birch Aquarium at Scripps, Cabrillo National Monument and Torrey Pines State Reserve are popular spots to see them. There are tons of tour boats that can get you closer to the whales by water.
Think About What Area of Town
Each area in San Diego has a different feeling to it and includes different attractions, so do your research and find a home located where you want to be. There are six major areas: Downtown/Gaslamp, Balboa Park, Coronado, Old Town, Mission Bay and La Jolla.