How To Travel During the Holidays Without Becoming a Scrooge: Winter Travel Tips

The holidays can be an incredibly rewarding time to visit San Diego, bringing festive seasonal displays and events such as Nutcracker” tea parties at Liberty Station and the Little Italy tree lighting and Christmas Village. However, they can also present challenges in the weather department. Indeed, while it’s true that Southern California is one of America’s warmest regions, winters throughout the region can be cold and rainy, with temperatures in the low sixties and high fifties. Here’s how to account for the possibility of inclement weather and still make the most of your vacation.

1. Pack Layers

The best way to prepare for all types of San Diego weather is to plan your outfits around layers. If you’ve got a stylish tank top or bright and colorful tee that pairs well with a sweater or light jacket, we suggest that you pack both the lighter and heavier layers. You can always add, subtract, or swap out articles of clothing as the weather changes, just as you can pack a mix of sandals for the sunny weather and waterproof boots and sneakers for when it rains.

2. Prepare for Lines

Winter isn’t considered a tourist season in San Diego, so the crowds and lines usually aren’t bad. However, if you’re traveling on or near a winter holiday, you should expect the airport to be a bit of a mess. Avoid this possibility by scheduling your trip to start a bit earlier in December or even in November, or visiting shortly after the New Year. This will often give you better rates on local tours and experiences, and less crowded holiday attractions, as well.

3. Plan Winter-Friendly Activities

Plenty of people enjoy surfing (while wearing a wetsuit) and walking along the city’s seventy miles of beachfront during the colder months, but it’s a good idea to plan some activities that are winter-friendly. We recommend that you savor the delicious food at restaurants throughout town, tour the historic Gaslamp Quarter, check out Balboa Park’s Museums, go whale-watching, and visit the aforementioned holiday festivals. Whale-watching in particular is one of the city’s most iconic winter activities, as mid-December marks the start of the gray-whale migration.

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