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Central California Coast – Best time to go

Best time to visit Central California Coast

With a Mediterranean-style climate, the California Coast has warm and dry summers reaching highs of 30°C and a cooler, wetter winters at lows of 15°C. However, depending on if you are directly on the coast in areas such as Monterey, Big Sur and Pismo Beach or inland at Paso Robles or San Luis Obispo you can experience different weather in the same day.

Our Favourite Season

We love travelling along the Central Coast in September, when crowds have reduced and skies are clear and blue. The temperatures are slightly cooler, so it may not be quite suitable for sunbathing on the beach, but you will still have lots of fun in the Californian sun.

Best times to visit

Summer Season

Late spring and early summer often brings fog along the southern coast that is sometimes referred to as 'June Gloom'; a cloudy and overcast sky but this usually burns off by midday. California is at its busiest during the peak summer months; June through August and beaches will be busy. Inland areas can be hot and usually have very little or no rain.

Winter Season

Mornings can be very cold and frost does happen, however it warms up during the day to around 15°C on the coast. Rainy season is November through April, however there are often long stretches of beautiful clear weather.

Select month

Average weather in January

Average travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
San Francisco
11ºC
110mm
Monterey
11ºC
Pismo Beach
11ºC
75mm
Santa Barbara
12ºC
71mm
Santa Monica

Average weather in February

Average travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
San Francisco
12ºC
115mm
Monterey
12ºC
Pismo Beach
12ºC
83mm
Santa Barbara
13ºC
81mm
Santa Monica

Average weather in March

Good travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
San Francisco
13ºC
80mm
Monterey
14ºC
Pismo Beach
13ºC
68mm
Santa Barbara
13ºC
65mm
Santa Monica

Average weather in April

Good travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
San Francisco
13ºC
40mm
Monterey
15ºC
Pismo Beach
14ºC
23mm
Santa Barbara
14ºC
26mm
Santa Monica

Average weather in May

Good travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
San Francisco
14ºC
20mm
Monterey
17ºC
Pismo Beach
15ºC
12mm
Santa Barbara
15ºC
8mm
Santa Monica

Average weather in June

Best travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
San Francisco
15ºC
6mm
Monterey
19ºC
Pismo Beach
16ºC
3mm
Santa Barbara
17ºC
13mm
Santa Monica

Average weather in July

Good travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
San Francisco
15ºC
Monterey
20ºC
Pismo Beach
18ºC
1mm
Santa Barbara
19ºC
9mm
Santa Monica

Average weather in August

Best travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
San Francisco
16ºC
Monterey
20ºC
Pismo Beach
18ºC
Santa Barbara
19ºC
12mm
Santa Monica

Average weather in September

Best travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
San Francisco
17ºC
3mm
Monterey
20ºC
Pismo Beach
18ºC
4mm
Santa Barbara
19ºC
11mm
Santa Monica

Average weather in October

Good travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
San Francisco
17ºC
30mm
Monterey
18ºC
Pismo Beach
16ºC
13mm
Santa Barbara
17ºC
12mm
Santa Monica

Average weather in November

Average travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
San Francisco
14ºC
70mm
Monterey
13ºC
Pismo Beach
14ºC
32mm
Santa Barbara
14ºC
42mm
Santa Monica

Average weather in December

Average travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
San Francisco
11ºC
120mm
Monterey
11ºC
Pismo Beach
11ºC
48mm
Santa Barbara
12ºC
47mm
Santa Monica