Tourists from around the globe complain about the winter and even summer temperatures of the Pacific Ocean in California. While the cool water temps help to provide some of the finest air temperatures along the coast throughout the seasons, the water is, indeed, chilly. That’s why (out of necessity), some great companies such as O’Neill out of Santa Cruz began the modern day wet suit designs that allow visitors, locals and surfers to be in the water anytime.
You’ll notice from the data below that the warmest temperatures average out to around 72 degrees in the southernmost beach regions (San Diego), during the month of August. While we’ve seen temps get a little warmer in recent years (up to 75 degrees), winter time does average in the low 60’s and 50’s. Santa Barbara / Ventura is where the water starts getting into the comfort zone during the summer months, and where you’ll find people going to escape the inland heat.
Below are average water temperatures in coastal cities (listed north to south) as provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.