Winter may bring a little more rain and be a little colder, but that shouldn’t stop you from visiting San Diego. In fact, while there’s more rain, temperatures don’t often drop too low to make it uncomfortable outside and there are plenty of San Diego winter activities. The average high temperature is 65 degrees Fahrenheit and the average low temperature is in the upper 40s to 50 degrees Fahrenheit. There are fewer crowds in the winter time, so if you’re looking for a more relaxing trip to one of America’s busy cities, check out San Diego in the wintertime.
Have Afternoon Tea
Afternoon tea is even more special on a rainy day. You can sip tea and savor French macarons and French cake in the Grand Lobby of the Westgate Hotel, warm up in the cozy and quaint Grand Tea Room, or admire the historic Heritage County Park from your seat inside the Coral Tree Tea House, located in a Victorian home.
San Diego Winter Events and Festivals
There are tons of free San Diego winter events and festivals. There’s the San Diego Multi-Cultural Festival. There’s live music, dance performances, storytelling, and children’s activities. The country’s largest balloon parade happens right here in San Diego. The Port of San Diego Holiday Bowl Parade offers floats, balloons, marching bands and more. The San Diego Chinese New Year Food & Cultural Fair includes food martial arts demonstrations, acrobats, lion dancers, taiko drumming, and lantern parades. The San Diego Tết Festival Celebrates the Vietnamese New Year with dance performances, cultural performances, carnival rides, food, drinks, karaoke, and more.
Yes, San Diego does get a bit of snow, granted it’s a few thousand feet up, but it’s still a great opportunity to go on a winter hike, to sled, and to have a snowball fight. The Laguna Mountains encompass San Diego’s only alpine area. Their peaks can be anywhere from 4,000 to 6,400 feet. The Pacific Crest Trail, the trail that spans 2,650 miles from Mexico to Canada, passes through the mountains. If you’re looking for just a short hike in the mountains, try the 3.2-mile Sunset Trail.
Bike Along the Bay
Seeing San Diego by bike is especially nice in the winter, when there are fewer crowds and when it’s cooler. Rent a bike and start a 24-mile bike ride from the Coronado Ferry Landing (accessed by the ferry) in a loop back to downtown San Diego. You’ll pass the historic Hotel del Coronado, Silver Strand Beach, the San Diego Bay National Wildlife Refuge and more.
Don’t be discouraged by winter time. It’s one of the best times to visit San Diego if you’re looking for a more laid-back vacation. Call us today to learn more about San Diego winter activities and to book one of our vacation rentals!