April is the perfect month to enjoy outdoor activities in San Diego and its neighboring communities. The weather is mild, with lots of sunshine and a pleasant breeze. Golf, tennis, fishing, hiking, biking and long walks along the beach are just a sample of the many interesting things to do and delightful ways to say so long to winter and welcome warmer weather. Special events include a trip back in time to Renaissance chivalry and a trip into the future, where the people and planet hope to live in harmony.
The average April temperature range in San Diego is 55ºF (low) to 68ºF (high). At the end of the rainy season, April rainfall is just .8 of an inch. Average wind speed is 10 mph, with the humidity averaging 66%. April weather conditions along the coast vary somewhat, with usually slightly warmer daytime temperatures and higher overall humidity than in inland locales. The temperature ranges from 49ºF - 72ºF in Oceanside and 56ºF - 68ºF in La Jolla. Pacific water (sea surface) temperature at Oceanside averages 60ºF, still somewhat too cool for surfers and others who will be in the water to spend prolonged time without appropriate gear.
The Saturday before Easter Sunday, many communities around San Diego invite kids and their families to come out and find what the Easter bunny has hidden. In 2012, that day is April 7. Some celebrations are limited to just locating eggs for a small candy reward. Others, like the ones in Solana Beach, Encinitas, Point Loma, La Jolla, Carlsbad and Coronado, have what amounts to a spring festival, with live music, food, drinks, arts and crafts activities, games and much more.
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Each April, over 60,000 of the Earth’s dearest friends gather in Balboa Park, close to Downtown San Diego, to celebrate Earth Day and learn about solutions to what is plaguing the planet. Countless representatives of governmental programs, environmental organizations and businesses gladly share their knowledge and new ideas on sustainability and related hot topics. Some of the fun things to do are watch the children’s parade, try some of the gourmet vegetarian treats, check out the latest vehicles that run on alternative fuels, enjoy the entertainment and see demonstrations of how energy efficient homebuilding techniques and household products can preserve and even improve the world. EarthFair 2012 is scheduled for April 22.
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Flower fanciers are drawn to Coronado's Spreckels Park each April for the biggest tented flower show in the U.S. On April 21 & 22, 2012, lush landscape displays and intense horticultural and floral competitions take center stage. Also on the agenda are live entertainment, informative and interesting lectures, and practical demonstrations. Food, beer and gardening-related items are always for sale.
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Each April, the town of Encinitas puts out the welcome mat and thousands of area residents and visitors flock to this charming coastal community’s downtown section for fun, food, big bargains and nonstop entertainment. Scheduled for April 28-29, 2012, the fair features rides for the kids and a beer garden serving award-winning brews for the grownups. Everyone can enjoy the band performances. Perusing through the offerings of hundreds of vendor booths full of unique crafts, tasty treats and innovative products is an appealing way to spend a spring day.
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For two weekends late every April and early May, lords and ladies dressed in their finest attire transform Felicita Park in Escondido into a striking setting in jolly old England. Period costumes, a variety of vendors, fascinating foods and stout ales are in abundance, and the air is filled with the sweet sounds of a cappella groups. Lots of entertainment and educational opportunities to learn more about this interesting era will attract thousands of attendees April 28th & 29th and May 5th & 6th, 2012.
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Springtime is ideal for doing almost anything outdoors. With a wide variety of geographical settings that range from the sandy shores of the blue Pacific to the lush green valleys north of the city, the cozy coves and enchanting estuaries to the desert landscapes just a short drive away, each day can be an adventure in a custom-made paradise.
A nice place to kick back and enjoy a smorgasbord of natural settings in April is the San Diego Botanic Garden, just 30 minutes from downtown in Encinitas. It has a tropical rainforest full of exotic flowers and trees, colorful birds and even a waterfall. Other sections feature California native plants, succulents, herbs and subtropical trees.
Fishing from Crystal Pier in Pacific Beach is convenient. Charter boats can fulfill an angler’s dream of hooking a huge fish. For those who prefer to just enjoy the fresh sea air on a boat ride with a photo op, tour boats can take the visitor out to sea to observe the dolphins at play or have a memorable dinner at sunset.
The prospect of playing a round among the Torrey pine trees lures many golfers to San Diego. Courses with varying challenges and in spectacular settings are numerous throughout greater San Diego. Hiking and biking trails also wind through areas with awe-inspiring ocean views.
After a day of discovering the area’s riches, visitors can go Downtown and enjoy dinner, dancing and a live performance at any of the city’s fine restaurants, trendy clubs and bistros. Some of the best ethnic cuisine from around the globe can be found Downtown.
When Easter occurs during April, as in 2012, it is very important to book accommodations as early as possible. With kids out of school, a vacation destination that is home to exciting theme parks like SeaWorld and Legoland and one of the most famous zoos in the world is a popular choice for families. Since evenings tend to be cool, don’t forget to pack a light jacket and sweater or hoodie. It’s also a good idea to bring along comfortable walking and sports shoes, and any special gear that will guarantee a good game. Sunscreen and appropriate eye protection - especially at the beach - should not be overlooked. Although it might be a little too cool to frolic in the ocean waves, make sure to pack swimwear if you will have access to a heated pool.
Interested in visting the San Diego area in May? See our May San Diego area weather report and our list of San Diego area activities and events in May.
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