La Mesa, just 9 miles east of Downtown San Diego, is referred to as the "Jewel of the Hills" due to its scenic layout that provides residents with a walkable, peaceful community just a stone's throw from the city. La Mesa experiences warm summers with average temperatures between 78 and 92 degrees Fahrenheit. Meanwhile, winters range between 77 degrees and rarely drop below 58 degrees. Due to the topography of San Diego and La Mesa, with its numerous hills, mountains and canyons, there is a May gray and June gloom period where the air is cool and damp, although La Mesa tends to stay hotter given its distance from the coast. Overall, La Mesa's climate is perfect for hiking the Southern California coast and enjoying the downtown village filled with character, retail shops and parks. Favorable temperatures, nearby beaches and a picturesque downtown community gives La Mesa residents plenty to do - Trulia ranks active lifestyles and restaurants a 5 out of 5, while arts, nightlife and cafes all rate a 4 out of 5.