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A Guide To San Diego In The Fall and Winter

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Last Updated on September 28, 2021

If you've never been to San Diego but are looking for places to visit this fall and winter, this idyllic California city should be at the top of your list. The weather is always fantastic in San Diego; even in December, the average high is sixty-six degrees - you can't beat that when you're looking to escape the winter blues if you live in a climate that gets a lot of snow and ice. San Diego is the perfect getaway in the Fall and Winter because you can still enjoy all the ocean majesty the city has to offer, and a lot is going on to take advantage of. So, here's your guide on things to do if you're planning a fall or winter visit to sunny San Diego. 

If you’ve never been to San Diego but are looking for places to visit this fall and winter, this idyllic California city should be at the top of your list. The weather is always fantastic in San Diego; even in December, the average high is sixty-six degrees – you can’t beat that when you’re looking to escape the winter blues if you live in a climate that gets a lot of snow and ice. San Diego is the perfect getaway in the Fall and Winter because you can still enjoy all the ocean majesty the city has to offer, and a lot is going on to take advantage of. So, here’s your guide on things to do if you’re planning a fall or winter visit to sunny San Diego. 

The Shopping Is Fantastic 

You may not realize it, but San Diego has a lot going on as far as the fashion scene goes. Not only do they host an annual week-long fashion event, but there’s also plenty of shopping for everyone, working with any kind of budget. Some noteworthy areas to shop in are the city Fashion Valley (if you’re looking for high-end and luxury); Cedros Avenue Design District is a two-and-a-half block stretch with nearly one hundred unique shops. So, if you’ve got Christmas shopping to do and want to find something special like a keepsake or heirloom quality, Cedros is a must-stop. There are also several outlets – Carlsbad Premium and Las Americas Premium outlets. It’s worth renting a car while you’re in San Diego if you’re planning on doing a lot of shopping, so check rates and plan ahead and have a rental car at the ready so you can maximize your experience. 

The Food Is Amazing, Everywhere 

There are so many great restaurants to enjoy in San Diego. No matter what your taste buds are craving, you can experience fine dining all the way to street-truck food that will leave you wishing they could overnight their burritos once you get back home from your trip. The dining scene in La Jolla is eclectic, and there are also plenty of kid-friendly dining establishments if you’re going to be traveling with children. 

For The Caffeine Queens 

Let’s face it, traveling, no matter how fun, can be entirely exhausting. You’ll be craving a cold brew by noon, and it’ll hit the spot since the weather is warm enough that cold coffee drinks are the perfect midday pick-me-up. Some favorites, according to locals, that you have to check out on your trip are: 

Brick & Bell

  • Address: 928 Silverado St, La Jolla, CA 92037
  • Phone: (858) 551-0928
  • Everyday Hours: Sun-Mon 5:30 am to 4:00 pm

Pannikin La Jolla

  • Address: 7467 Girard Ave, La Jolla, CA 92037
  • Phone: (858) 454-5453
  • Everyday Hours: Mon, Tues, Weds, Sun 6:30 am to 6:30 pm, Thurs – Sat 6:30 am to 8:00 pm

Harry’s

  • Address: 7545 Girard Ave, La Jolla, CA 92037
  • Phone: (858) 454-7381
  • Everyday Hours: Sun-Mon 7:00 am to 2:30 pm

There are, of course, plenty of other must-try coffee shops in La Jolla, so this list isn’t all-inclusive, but they are definite favorites according to people that live in the area. Maybe try a different spot each morning for coffee, and you decide which one’s your favorite? 

You Can Still Enjoy The Beach 

While the water will likely be too cold for most people to swim and sunbathe on the beach – though you will still see surfers in the fall and winter, you can still enjoy the beach. As mentioned earlier, the average high even in December is sixty-six degrees, which means there will be even warmer days. So, it’s still entirely feasible and encouraged to enjoy some time on the beach. Maybe you won’t be lying out working on your suntan, but it’s an excellent time for long walks on the beach and picnicking opportunities. With many beaches allowing bonfires, that’s a perfect opportunity to make memories during the evening and well into the night with your travel companions. 

Ultimately, San Diego is an ideal travel destination any time of year. With so much going on culturally, a thriving dining and shopping scene, and zoos and museums, it makes a beautiful fall or winter getaway. And chances are, you’ll have so much fun, you’ll be planning your summer trip back before you even get home. Happy Trails!