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San Diego in early January

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San Diego in early January

We are from the PNW and considering San Diego for a winter trip. Traveling with an almost 4yo and almost 1yo. Would it be too cold to do any beach time? We are used to the Oregon coast with no swimming but mostly sand time for the kids.

We are thinking of staying in mission beach and renting a car to check out the zoo and downtown, go north to La Jolla and see tidepools. Visit family in San Marcos. Any tips would be welcome!

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1. Re: San Diego in early January

most likely too cold for too much beach activity. but still beautiful and fun. i'd get a hotel with a heated outdoor pool

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2. Re: San Diego in early January

Hanging out on the beach but without a wetsuit not swimming.

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Probably as you described for the Oregon coast with sand play but not actually in the ocean time as the water is cold. Folks are on the beaches year round so you could get a sunny day with air temps in the 70s or you could get a cloudy/rainy day in the 60s. There's no way to guarantee the weather. You can certainly do the activities you have described. Prices at beach hotels will be lower in January as it is off season.

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Unfortunately no way to guarantee weather - but from my memory (which sometimes is admittedly faulty) it seems like we always have one week in January were the weather is just stellar - like summertime. The water would NOT be warm enough to swim without a wet suit, but you could certainly play on the beach, enjoy walking on the beach, etc. You can ride bikes on the boardwalk as well, etc.

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5. Re: San Diego in early January

January can be very wet as well.

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