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Old 07-15-2009, 06:36 PM
 
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In California? I live in the bay area, so I realize I'll have to travel a bit. But I want to take a short vacation and be able to swim in warm ocean water on a hot day. Can you do this in LA or is the water too cold? Will I have to travel as far as San Diego? Or is the water too cold to swim in at all anywhere in the state.

I miss being able to go to Florida and enjoy the ocean. Where can I find this in Cailfornia? Thanks!
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Old 07-15-2009, 06:40 PM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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is the water too cold?


Where can I find this in Cailfornia?
What does "too cold" mean?

I don't think you'll find Florida temp waters in CA. The warmest waters I felt were generally where the coast isn't as steep. For example, Santa Monica is flatter than Point Mugu so I think the water is shallower further from the coast (as you walk in the water out to sea from the beach) so there is less water depth to warm from the sun. Still I don't think the temp differences are that significant maybe a couple degrees F at most. I once saw the water temp at 70F at Zuma in late summer. That was as warm as it normally got. It may be five or so degrees warmer further south down the coast, maybe like San Diego.
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Old 07-15-2009, 06:42 PM
 
Location: RSM
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Water is pretty cold here in so cal(in the 60s in the summer months i beleive), but it doesn't stop millions of beach goers from going in every year. Hell, I like it. What better way to offset 90 degree weather?
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Old 07-15-2009, 06:47 PM
 
Location: Arizona
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Sea of Cortez? Well it is in Mexico, but it is close to CA..

The Rocky Point summer ocean water temperature is at least 80 degrees F.
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Old 07-15-2009, 06:53 PM
 
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Cabo San Lucas. Seriously. To reach the equivalent water temperature to the SE coast / Gulf Coast for a given time of year, you need to go at least that far south. In fact, in winter, even Cabo is colder than Florida.

The warmest north of the border is of course the So Cal coast. When the Catalina Eddy in in full force, you might just crack 70F. During an El Nino, maybe a few degrees warmer than that for short periods.
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Old 07-15-2009, 07:17 PM
 
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I don't even know the temps of Florida water. I just want to be somewhat comfortable in the ocean swimming, where it wouldn't require a wet suit.

So maybe I'll try the LA area.

I still haven't made it to this side of Mexico since moving out here. Dumb question...but wouldn't the water be kind of cold on the western part of Mexico since it's the Pacific Ocean or no. I've always wanted to go to Puerta Vallerta(sp?)... Cabo too. Looks beautiful.

I went to Cozumel, Mexico in April and wow it was perfection. Hot hot hot and the water felt so good. I could swim in the ocean for hours everyday I love it so much. Just trying to find a good spot much much closer to home.
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Old 07-15-2009, 07:48 PM
 
Location: Coachella Valley, California
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To me, the water anywhere in CA is too cold to swim in. I love the water in the Caribbean. I've stayed out in it all day long - and had the sunburn to prove it! Ouch!!!
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Old 07-15-2009, 08:18 PM
 
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Sothern CA will fit the bill. I particularly love the beaches in San Diego.
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Old 07-15-2009, 09:15 PM
 
Location: Santa Cruz, CA
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In California? I live in the bay area, so I realize I'll have to travel a bit. But I want to take a short vacation and be able to swim in warm ocean water on a hot day. Can you do this in LA or is the water too cold? Will I have to travel as far as San Diego? Or is the water too cold to swim in at all anywhere in the state.

I miss being able to go to Florida and enjoy the ocean. Where can I find this in Cailfornia? Thanks!
I don't know how warm you want it but the water on the beaches in Santa Cruz county is warm enough for me.
Manresa beach is my favorite (clean, quieter, water is clean)... just off HW1 at the San Andreas rd. exit, right after Freedom Blvd.
Often at low tide it's very easy to get in.
Surfers will be in wet suits but they're out there for a long time.
Lots of people are in the water here.
So, unless you want bath water warm, you just need to drive down the road a bit.
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Old 07-15-2009, 09:36 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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Basically from Santa Barbara south is the only areas of CA where it is warm enough to swim w/o a wetsuit. Orange County and San Diego County will have the warmest water temps but LA can get just as warm but it doesn't seem as consistent. Water temps can drop significantly for a week then shoot back up, its weird. But generally it will be 66-73 in the water from OC to SD. North County SD actually tends to have warmer water than the central and southern coast. LA can get that warm too.

Right now along SD and OC's coast water temps are 67 - 73 most places, a few spots are colder though. This site has a lot of good links to water temps in SD: San Diego's Ocean

For me I need at least 66/67 or above to get in the water and it still chilly but after a few minutes it feels nice.

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The warmest north of the border is of course the So Cal coast. When the Catalina Eddy in in full force, you might just crack 70F. During an El Nino, maybe a few degrees warmer than that for short periods.
It already has cracked 70 in some spots and does so every summer everywhere. Dana Point and San Clemente are at 73 and 74 and Oceanside at 70. Some years they can get up to 78 and even 80 has been recorded in a few places before.

National Weather Service - NWS San Diego

Mission Beach and Torrey Pines and most places in SD are also showing readings of 70 and above.

CDIP recent observed

Yeah so can you tell I track water temps in summer religiously? haha. I'm always seeking out the warmest water and sometimes drag my friends to North County for it.
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