If you're going to San Diego in June, you'll have lots of daylight hours to explore the city's attractions. It's not likely to rain on your vacation and temperatures on the average are just right.
June can be a good time to visit San Diego as long as you understand that it's just as likely to be overcast as it is to be sunny. And if you don't mind being in crowds at some of the most popular spots.
San Diego Weather in June
Early summer isn't the sunniest time in San Diego. In fact, the month has the least clear skies during the year because of coastal fog. But you'll still get the sun more than half the time. With the rainy season over, there's little chance of precipitation. Evening fog comes in suddenly and can feel unusually cold.
- Average High Temperature: 71 F (22 C)
- Average Low Temperature: 62 F (17 C)
- Water Temperature: 65 F (18 C)
- Rain & Clouds Index: 0.07 in (0.2 cm)
- Sunshine: 58 percent
- Daylight: 15 hours from sunrise to sunset, mid-month
If you want to compare these weather conditions to what San Diego is like the rest of the year, you can find that all in one place in the guide to typical San Diego weather.
The weather information above is best used as a general idea of what things may be like. Averages are helpful for planning, but don't count on your trip being "average." Check the San Diego weather forecast before you leave home.
What to Pack
Pack a mid-weight jacket, especially for the evening near the water. Bring short-sleeved shirts and lightweight pants, with a sweater for layering, and you may want shorts on the warmest days.
If you plan to be near the ocean in the evening, it will feel colder than you might think and you'll be glad you took an extra layer or two.
If you’re going to the beach, you may want to wiggle those ten fine toes in the sand. But getting that sand off your feet and out of everything else you own can be hard. To make it easier, pack a little bit of baby powder or cornstarch to put into your day pack. Sprinkle it on your skin and the sand will brush off much easier.
June Events in San Diego
- San Diego Festival of the Arts: Formerly known as La Jolla Festival of the Arts, is among California's best art shows, with more than 190 award-winning artists displaying watercolors, oils, sculpture, serigraphs, fine jewelry, photography, and more.
- Humphreys by the Bay Concerts: A fun outdoor summer concert series held on Shelter Island from mid-April through late-October.
- Old Globe Theatre: Mid-June through late September, they stage outdoor Shakespeare productions in a reproduction of his original Globe Theatre.
- San Diego Rock'n'Roll Marathon: A running event so popular that it sells out months ahead of time.
Things to Do in June
- San Diego's warm summers make it an excellent place for outdoor activities in the evening. Get some ideas here.
- June through October is the tuna sportfishing season. You can go out on a charter to catch them with several companies that operate out of Point Loma. Find out more information here.
- March through August is time for a uniquely California event. During the annual grunion run, thousands of tiny, silvery fish mate by the light of the full moon (or the new one). See the schedule here. The best San Diego beaches to see the show are La Jolla Shores, Pacific Beach between Tourmaline Park and Lifeguard Tower 20, Mission Beach between Lifeguard Towers 19 and 10, Ocean Beach between Mission Bay Channel and the Ocean Beach Pier and on Coronado between the Hotel del Coronado and Dog Beach.
- The Padres' pretty downtown baseball stadium is a great place to watch a game. If you don't like them, go anyway and root for their opponents.
- Between July and September, leopard sharks gather just off the La Jolla coast of La Jolla. These beautiful spotted creatures are timid and docile. You see them and wade alongside them at La Jolla Shores. The Birch Aquarium at Scripps hosts leopard shark snorkeling adventures and La Jolla outfitters like Hike Bike Kayak and Everyday California offer leopard shark snorkeling tours.
The events listed above happen every year, but they're not all that's going on in San Diego in June. If you're looking for a fun concert, sporting event or theatrical performance try these resources:
- Sign up for a free account with Goldstar to get access to discounted tickets for performances and save on some San Diego attractions. Even better, it's just as useful when you're at home as it is when you're visiting San Diego.
- For a look at local events, check the San Diego Union Tribune's entertainment section.
- The San Diego Reader keeps a big list of groups performing at local live music venues.
June Travel Tips
- Hotel occupancy approaches the highest levels of the year in June. To avoid sellouts and high rates, reserve your room as far ahead as you can, making sure that there are no cancellation penalties if you change your mind.
- June is the most expensive month to fly to San Diego. Fly in May instead if you can, or wait until July for lower fares.
- Anytime a big convention comes to town, hotels in the Gaslamp and downtown fill up, and room rates rise. To plan your trip during dates when fewer conventioneers are in town, use this convention calendar.
- Beaches in San Diego are susceptible to so-called "red tides" when red-colored algae grow so fast that they "bloom," coloring the water in the process. It's unsightly for sure, and it's safer to avoid swimming while they're happening. Find out everything you need to know about red tides here.
- Any time of year. you can use these tips to be a smarter San Diego visitor who has more fun and puts up with fewer annoyances.