The best times to visit Santa Cruz for ideal weather are

October 15th to April 8th

based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.



Other Santa Cruz Travel Info

Weather in Santa Cruz


Average temperatures in Santa Cruz vary greatly. Considering humidity, temperatures feel cold for about half of the year and otherwise nice with a very low chance of rain or snow throughout the year. The area is somewhat temperate — in the 55th percentile for pleasant weather — compared to tourist destinations worldwide. Weeks with ideal weather are listed above. If you’re looking for the very warmest time to visit Santa Cruz, the hottest months are January, February, and then December. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally early to mid January where highs are regularly around 88.4°F (31.3°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 55.4°F (13°C) at night.

Santa Cruz Temperatures (Fahrenheit)


Santa Cruz Temperatures (Celsius)


“Feels-Like” Temperatures

The way we experience weather isn’t all about temperature. Higher temperatures affect us much more at higher humidity, and colder temperatures feel piercing with high winds. Our perceived temperatures factor in humidity and wind chill to better represent how hot or cold the day feels to a person.

Santa Cruz Perceived Temperature (F)


Santa Cruz Perceived Temperature (C)



Average Santa Cruz Temperatures by Month

Daily highs (averaged for the month) usually give the best indication of the weather. A significantly lower mean and low generally just means it gets colder at night.

Show Fahrenheit

Month Avg. High (°F) Avg. Mean (°F) Avg. Low (°F)
Jan 88.1 74.9 55.8
Feb 86.2 72.5 54.4
Mar 81.3 68.6 50.9
Apr 71.2 58.1 44.6
May 61.8 52.4 43.4
Jun 55.8 48.1 41.1
Jul 54.1 46.2 38.8
Aug 59.8 50.2 41.5
Sep 64.9 54.7 43.8
Oct 70.6 59.4 46.2
Nov 78.1 65.9 49.8
Dec 84.5 70.7 53

Show Celsius

Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
Jan 31.2 23.8 13.2
Feb 30.1 22.5 12.4
Mar 27.4 20.3 10.5
Apr 21.8 14.5 7
May 16.6 11.3 6.3
Jun 13.2 8.9 5.1
Jul 12.3 7.9 3.8
Aug 15.4 10.1 5.3
Sep 18.3 12.6 6.6
Oct 21.4 15.2 7.9
Nov 25.6 18.8 9.9
Dec 29.2 21.5 11.7



Precipitation (Rain or Snow)

If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Santa Cruz are January, February, and then March. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around early January. For example, on the week of January 1st there are no days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in early to mid August with an average of 2 days of significant precipitation the week of August 6th.

When can you find snow in Santa Cruz? Weather stations report no annual snow. Please note that a value of 0 for snow in the graph below may either mean there was no snow, or that snow is unreported.

Chance of Precipitation

The graph below shows the % chance of rainy and snowy days in Santa Cruz.

Days with precipitation

Snow on the Ground

The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Santa Cruz (in).

Snow depth

Average Rain and Snow by Month

Show Inches

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (in) Total Precipitation (in)
Jan 1% 0 0.1
Feb 1% 0 0.2
Mar 1% 0 0.1
Apr 3% 0 0.3
May 9% 0 1
Jun 11% 0 1.8
Jul 13% 0 2.8
Aug 15% 0 2.9
Sep 10% 0 1.2
Oct 7% 0 1
Nov 3% 0 0.3
Dec 2% 0 0.6

Show Centimeters

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (cm) Total Precipitation (cm)
Jan 1 0 0.3
Feb 1 0 0.5
Mar 1 0 0.3
Apr 3 0 0.8
May 9 0 2.5
Jun 11 0 4.6
Jul 13 0 7.1
Aug 15 0 7.4
Sep 10 0 3
Oct 7 0 2.5
Nov 3 0 0.8
Dec 2 0 1.5


Humidity and Wind

Santa Cruz has some very humid months, with other moderately humid months on the other side of the year. The least humid month is January (42.2% relative humidity), and the most humid month is June (78%).

Wind in Santa Cruz is usually calm. The windiest month is January, followed by November and December. January’s average wind speed of around 6.7 knots (7.7 MPH or 12.4 KPH) is considered “a light breeze.” Maximum sustained winds (the highest speed for the day lasting more than a few moments) are at their highest in late November to early December where average top sustained speeds reach 11 knots, which is considered a moderate breeze.

Relative Humidity (%)

The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Santa Cruz.

Avg. Relative Humidity


The graph below shows wind speed (max and average) in knots.

Max Sustained Wind
Average Daily Wind

Average Wind Speeds

Show Wind Speeds

All wind speeds are in knots. 1 knot = 1.15 MPH or 1.85 KPH.

Month Avg. Wind Avg. Wind Feel Sustained High Wind High Wind Feel
Jan 6.7 Light breeze 10.6 Gentle breeze
Feb 6.2 Light breeze 9.8 Gentle breeze
Mar 5.8 Light breeze 9.2 Gentle breeze
Apr 5 Light breeze 8 Gentle breeze
May 4.5 Light breeze 7.4 Gentle breeze
Jun 5 Light breeze 8.1 Gentle breeze
Jul 4.8 Light breeze 7.8 Gentle breeze
Aug 5.2 Light breeze 8.7 Gentle breeze
Sep 5.2 Light breeze 8.5 Gentle breeze
Oct 5.9 Light breeze 9.4 Gentle breeze
Nov 6.7 Light breeze 10.1 Gentle breeze
Dec 6.6 Light breeze 10.5 Gentle breeze

Show Relative Humidity by Month

Month Avg. Relative Humidity
Jan 42.2%
Feb 43.9%
Mar 45.5%
Apr 58.3%
May 73.2%
Jun 78%
Jul 76.9%
Aug 70.7%
Sep 62.3%
Oct 55.6%
Nov 46.2%
Dec 43.4%


Is it Safe to Travel to Santa Cruz?

Our best data indicates this area is somewhat safe. As of Dec 04, 2023 there are travel warnings for Chile; exercise a high degree of caution. Check this page for any recent changes or regions to avoid: Travel Advice and Advisories. This advisory was last updated on Dec 04, 2023.


The Busiest and Least Crowded Months

The busiest month for tourism in Santa Cruz, Chile is November, followed by September and December. Prices for hotels and flights will be most expensive during these months, though you can save if you purchase well in advance. Tourists are unlikely to visit Santa Cruz in May. Those willing to visit at these times will likely find it the least expensive month.

Estimated Tourism by Month


Most Popular Months to Visit

Tourists Seeking Accommodations

Tourism graph is based on Google searches for services used by tourists relative to the rest of the year. Tourism data for this area is extrapolated based on nearby areas. Displayed data is calculated relative to the peak, so a score of 19.4 in May means 19.4% of the tourists vs. November.



Overall Santa Cruz Travel Experience by Season

Fall (March through May)

Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderate. Highs range from 84.5°F (29.2°C) and 58.3°F (14.6°C) with colder temperatures in the later months. Rain is rare with 0 to 3 days of significant precipitation per month. Fall is fairly slow for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for deals.

Winter (June through August)

The middle-year months have cold weather with high temperatures that are brisk. These months see the most precipitation with 3 to 5 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the slowest season for tourism in Santa Cruz, so lodging and other accommodations may cost less than usual.

Spring (September through November)

Spring daily highs range from 81.7°F (27.6°C) and 63.6°F (17.6°C), which will feel comfortable given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a normal amount: 1 to 3 days per month. Tourism is the busiest during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be higher priced.

Summer (December through February)

Weather is perfect this time of year in Santa Cruz to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 88.4°F (31.3°C) and 82.7°F (28.2°C). On average, it rains or snows a very small amount: 0 to 1 times per month. These times of year are the second busiest with tourists.


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