7 Ways To Experience Winter in San Diego

While many of us live in San Diego to escape any signs of a real winter – there are many ways to get your winter fix here in San Diego.

Whether you’re itching for the flavors of the season or to get out of the house to see some snow, here are a few of our favorite ways to experience winter San Diego-style.

Whale Watching

It’s whale-watching season here on the west coast. Take in the fresh air as you overlook majestic grey whales crash into the water. Though you can see them from certain spots along the shore, your best bet is to take a boat ride to see them up close.

Winter Sunsets

Winter in San Diego means 60-degree weather, a few rainy days, and beautiful winter sunsets. Mother Nature shows off by painting the sky with captivating hues of pink, blue, and gold.  As the days gradually grow longer, take advantage of the stunning night sky and make an adventure out of it. A few of our favorite sunset spots include Sunset Cliffs, La Jolla Cove, and Balboa Park.

Take a Hike

Hikes are always a great way to spend some time out of the house, but winter is a perfect time – the trails are less crowded and the cool temps are ideal for getting your heart rate up.

Take advantage of the beautiful weather and check out one of San Diego’s famous hikes. Click here to see our favorite beginner, moderate and intermediate hikes within 15 minutes of your front door.

Seasonal Drinks

60-degree weather is a dream for some people this time of year, but for us San Diegans, it means blasting the heat, layers of clothing, and piping hot coffee in the morning. Swing by your favorite coffee shop to see what seasonal drinks they’re serving to warm you up from the inside out!

Or head to one of our favorite bars in San Diego to enjoy a special holiday cocktail, like Kindred’s famous NECRONOMINOG, for the perfect fuel for your last-minute holiday shopping sprint!

Ice Skating San Diego-style

San Diego has some of the most unique ice skating experiences you’ll ever find! Where else can you ice skate on the beach?! Our favorites include skating at the Hotel Del, Liberty Station, and the Grand Del Mar.

Get Out on the Water

I’ll never forget my first Christmas Eve in San Diego…floating on the water in Del Mar on a paddleboard with perfectly clear skies and not a single tourist in sight was a magical experience.

Put on your wetsuit and get out there now to enjoy the beauty of our coastline without the crowds, or take to the calm, smooth waters of Mission Bay for an epic winter day on the water!

Weekend Getaways to the Snow!

If you’re a transplant to the San Diego area, you may be missing snow this time of year. Luckily, we’re close enough to a few mountains that will remind you of home.

Big Bear, Idyllwild, Lake Arrowhead and Joshua Tree are just a few nearby spots to experience a chilly weekend away from the hustle and bustle of the city.  You can hike, ski/snowboard, visit the local shops in town, or find a cozy spot with a hot tub so you can enjoy the fresh air while staying toasty warm.

Winter in San Diego may not have any of the white fluffy stuff falling from the sky, but we wouldn’t have it any other way! You don’t have to shovel sunshine!

Enjoy it, San Diego!

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