USCG Station San Diego
2710 N. Harbor Dr., San Diego, CA 92101
In San Diego, the summers are short, warm, arid, and clear and the winters are long, cool, and partly cloudy. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 50°F to 77°F and is rarely below 44°F or above 84°F.
The warm season lasts for 2.8 months, from July 10 to October 4, with an average daily high temperature above 75°F. The hottest day of the year is August 26, with an average high of 77°F and low of 68°F.
The cool season lasts for 4.1 months, from November 29 to April 2, with an average daily high temperature below 67°F. The coldest day of the year is December 28, with an average low of 50°F and high of 65°F.
The wetter season lasts 4.6 months, from November 19 to April 7, with a greater than 10% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 20% on February 21.
The drier season lasts 7.4 months, from April 7 to November 19. The smallest chance of a wet day is 0% on June 26.
Cost of Living
Compared to other cities in California and cities across the country, the cost of living index in San Diego, CA is 146, which is 6% higher than the California average and 46% higher than that for the entire country. The index is comprised of the following criteria: cost of retail goods and services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), cost of public/private transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). Everyday goods and services, along with housing account for 63 percent of the total cost of living index. Goods and services that are a necessity regardless of location provide an accurate general sense of the cost of living in one city versus another. As seen above, the cost of retail goods and services in San Diego, CA are 6% lower than the average for California and 3% higher than the rest of the country.
Getting to Know the Area
San Diego is one of the country’s most visited tourist destinations – and for good reason. It’s an ocean-front city with near-perfect weather year-round. If you live here long enough, you’re bound to get out-of-towners clamoring from less fortunate climes to capitalize on America’s Finest City. You owe it to those visitors (and to yourself, really) to temper well-worn landmarks with the lesser-known cultural options, such as the restaurants, breweries, museums and quirky events. These things are what make this city tick.
Balboa Park is San Diego’s answer to New York’s Central Park – with museums, a zoo, a concert hall and miles of green grass. Less well-known are it’s hiking trails – which crisscross the park and even encompass a cactus garden – making urban explorers feel like they’re on a mountain rather than smack dab in the middle of a city.
San Diego is home to a bevy of world-class museums and thankfully, many are housed within Balboa Park. The San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego Museum of Man, Museum of Photographic Arts and the San Diego Natural History Museum are just a few out of many to explore.
One of San Diego’s biggest benefits is it’s natural beauty, and after a hike down to the tide pools at Cabrillo National Monument, it’s easy to see why. It’s best to go at low tide, when explorers can hop from pool to pool inside caves and crevices of the cliffs bordering the Pacific Ocean.
While San Diego has no shortage of farmers markets, the quirkiest is held on Wednesday afternoons in the hippie beach enclave of Ocean Beach. Local farm stands and vendors accompany a display of colorful locals – drummers, guitarists, impromptu yoga classes, prayer circles, fire dancers, jugglers and much more are a common site.
For the ultimate outdoor film experience, head to the Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego’s fourth floor rooftop theatre. The Rooftop Cinema Club gives you a luxe movie experience with panoramic views of downtown San Diego, state-of-the-art wireless headphones and comfy deck chairs, craft brews, movie-themed cocktails and upscale eats. Cult favorites and the occasional sing-along features are shown Tuesdays through Saturdays.
During the warmer months, scores of leopard sharks swarm to the shallow waters of La Jolla Shores Beach, drawing snorkelers from all over the world to swim with them. Typically hanging out in under 10 feet of water near The Marine Room Restaurant and off the La Jolla Tennis Club, groups of sharks can range in number from a few to hundreds. Although leopard sharks can reach 5 feet in length, there’s no need to be intimidated as they don’t attack humans. If you don’t have snorkeling equipment of your own, there are several shops within easy walking distance where you can rent them.