July 23, 2024
surfing san diego in march

Surfing San Diego in March

In this monthly review, find out what to expect while surfing San Diego in March, the average ocean temperatures and the best places to surf this month.

What is it like Surfing San Diego in March?

San Diego in March offers a unique surfing experience with its waves and swell. The waves in San Diego during this time are typically moderate in size. The swell primarily comes from the Northwest, creating consistent and clean waves for surfers to enjoy.

Compared to January and February, the winter swells begin to die down a bit but it’s not uncommon to still see large, powerful surf in the month March. As the winter swells start to fade away, the spring swells begin to build; providing surfers with more opportunities to catch waves from different swell directions.

Since the waves are still good, surfing in San Diego in March attracts a good number of surfers despite the water still being cold. With that said, it is still not as crowded as during the peak summer months.

In summary, you can expect moderate-sized waves, a consistent swell from the northwest, and a manageable crowd while surfing San Diego in March.

San Diego Water Temperature and Weather in March

When it comes to surfing in San Diego in March, it’s important to consider the water and air temperatures. The average water temperature during this time of year ranges from 58 to 62 degrees Fahrenheit (14 to 17 degrees Celsius). It’s still cold so you won’t want to go in the water without a wetsuit. I usually still wear a 4/3 in mm wetsuit in March but you could get away with a 3/2.

As for the air temperature, March in San Diego brings pleasant weather with average highs of around 66 degrees Fahrenheit (19 degrees Celsius). The days are generally sunny, making it a great time to hit the beach and catch some waves. However, it’s always a good idea to bring a light jacket or hoodie for the cooler mornings and evenings.

The combination of moderate water and air temperatures in San Diego during March creates a comfortable environment for surfers. It allows for enjoyable sessions in the water without the extreme cold of winter or the scorching heat of summer. So, if you’re planning to surf in San Diego in March, be prepared for refreshing water temperatures and pleasant weather.

Check the weather forecast in March before you go.

What are the Best Waves to Surf in San Diego in March?

San Diego in March offers a variety of waves and beaches for surfers to enjoy. The best waves to surf in San Diego during this month depend on the swell size and direction.

I still recommend surfing the popular winter time hot spots in March such as Blacks Beach or a reef break in La Jolla like Hospitals. Any breaks South of Del Mar are still generally considered focal points for Winter swell.

If you are a beginner, try checking out Law Street in Pacific Beach where surf lessons are easy to find.

In summary, there is a range of waves suitable for different skill levels. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced surfer, San Diego has something to offer for everyone during this time of year. To help choose the right wave for you, check out my Rating List for all San Diego surf spots.

Previous Month: February. Next Month: April


  • Gavin Bechtold

    Gavin has been living and surfing in San Diego for over a decade. He loves the ocean and is lucky to call San Diego home. Frustrated with mainstream reviews, he set out to create the best source of surf reviews for San Diego beaches. Check the About page for more info!

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