What to Expect From Winter in La Jolla

The most popular times of year to visit La Jolla are undoubtedly spring and summer, especially with time off from school when it comes to college students or parents with children still in school. But La Jolla can be an excellent place to vacation in the winter, especially if you’re looking for a way to beat the chilly weather of other parts of the country. Whether you’re visiting for the holidays or you want to take some time off in the first couple months of the year to visit La Jolla, here’s what you can expect.

The Weather

If you’re used to Midwestern or Northeastern winters, you’ll find that La Jolla doesn’t quite have a “winter” in the traditional sense. In fact, the weather here is what some even refer to as an “endless summer.” You’ll still find sunny weather and crisp, clear air, even in the heart of January or February, with very few days of rain. The afternoon high temperatures are often in the 60s, while the lows dip into the 50s or the high 40s. This isn’t shorts and t-shirt weather by any means, but with a light jacket, you should be comfortable throughout La Jolla winters. It’s still perfect weather to go hiking at Torrey Pines, enjoy a game of golf, check out the parks or even go surfing at the beach on warmer days.

Stores and Attractions

One drawback to many tourist towns is that the stores, venues, and big attractions tend to close during off-season (typically November through March). However, that’s not the case in La Jolla. Because of the beautiful weather and friendly neighborhoods, people live here year round, so you won’t really find an “off-season” in which everything is shut down. If you’ve visited La Jolla in the summer, you’ll find your favorite restaurants and shops still open for business when you visit in the winter.


So La Jolla offers a sunny respite year round, and it’s “open” year round. That begs the question of what to do in La Jolla during the winter. Besides shopping, dining out, and exploring the outdoors, here are some events you can find in or near La Jolla during the winter:

  • Jungle Bells at the San Diego Zoo - If you’re here for the holidays, the San Diego Zoo’s winter wonderland full of lights, food, and exciting shows runs through January 5.

  • Lunar New Year at SeaWorld - SeaWorld rings in the lunar new year all through January and into February with Chinese acrobats and Asian inspired cuisine.

  • UTC Ice - a winter trip to La Jolla is the perfect time to go to the UTC Ice Sports Center, lace up a pair of skates, and enjoy the seasonal skating rink. This is perfect for those who might be missing the more traditional winter weather.

Winter’s also a great time of year to check out the museums such as the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, the Map and Atlas Museum of La Jolla, and the Wisteria Cottage Museum.

Still looking for a place to stay in La Jolla this winter? Contact The Bed & Breakfast Inn today, and don’t forget — when you book direct with us, we’ll pricematch the cost of your room and even throw in a 5% discount.

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