Big Sur Weather

Averages By Month

Big Sur, a rugged stretch of California's coastline, is known for its dramatic cliffs, stunning ocean views, and pristine wilderness. With a population of only around 1,000 residents, Big Sur offers a peaceful retreat from city life. The area enjoys a mild Mediterranean climate, with average temperatures ranging from 50°F to 70°F (10°C to 21°C) in summer and 40°F to 60°F (4°C to 16°C) in winter, but it can be windy, and rain is most common from November to April.

Averages Big Sur

  J F M A M J J A S O N D

High °F

61° 61° 63° 64° 70° 72° 72° 73° 75° 73° 66° 61°

Low °F

41° 43° 45° 48° 52° 54° 54° 54° 50° 45° 45° 41°


7 7 8 10 11 13 13 12 11 9 8 7

Rain days

8 9 10 6 3 1 0 0 1 4 6 11

Water °F

55° 55° 54° 54° 54° 59° 58° 58° 58° 57° 57° 56°

Big Sur Weather by Month

Best Time to Visit Big Sur

The best times to visit Big Sur are spring (April to June) and fall (September to November) when the weather is most favorable. In spring, mild temperatures (50°F to 70°F / 10°C to 21°C) make it perfect for outdoor activities like hiking, camping, and whale watching, with fewer tourists compared to summer. Fall offers similar mild temperatures and fewer crowds, along with vibrant fall foliage, but there's a possibility of rain showers. Summer (July to August) brings warm temperatures (60°F to 80°F / 16°C to 27°C) and long daylight hours, but heavy tourist crowds and higher accommodation prices are common. Winter (December to March) offers mild temperatures (40°F to 60°F / 4°C to 16°C) with fewer tourists and lower accommodation prices, but there's a higher chance of rain, and some trails may be closed.

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