Hi Folks. I am currently in Ireland and not looking forward to the impending winter gloom so I was thinking of spending the winter months in a central coastal area. My choices are narrowed down to the Monterey area, San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara. I understand that it is the rainy season from November to April but all things relative (being from Ireland), the sunshine and warmth would counter the raindrops.
So, I humbly ask:
What's the weather really like during the winter? (I have the stats from weather.com but was hoping for a local report)
Is there much to do in the area from December to April?
Would you recommend the area to a 40-year-old, whose criteria is a walkable, crime-free (or almost crime-free), plenty of coffee/book shops community?
I will also post these questions on the Monterey and SLO forums.
Thanks in advance for your time.