Palm Springs has a typical desert climate. The winters barely qualify as wintry, with an average daily January temperature of 20°C (68°F). This is definitely the most popular time to go, although watch out for winter nights, which can get chilly with average minimum temperatures as low as 4ºC (39ºF). Early spring and late autumn are the most comfortable times to visit.
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From the exhilarating to the relaxing, this luxurious golfer's paradise features activities for every taste.
Unless your hotel provides airport transfers, plan to take a taxi to downtown Palm Springs. If you're going to one of the communities outside Palm Springs, call for advance shuttle reservations.
Though you can walk to most sights downtown, you'll need a car to get around the valley. Major rental-car companies all have desks at the airport in Palm Springs.
On weekends in downtown Palm Springs you can often flag a taxi. Otherwise, you'll need to call. If you know you're going to need one at a certain time - say, to go to the airport in the morning - book in advance.
Palm Springs and the valley have an excellent network of bike paths that are great for tooling around. Bicycles are available for rent downtown. Ask about daily and weekly rates.
Whilst Palm Springs revels in relatively low crime rate, nature's own elements will be of most concern. Sensible precautions can help avoid dehydration, heat exhaustion & heatstroke. Take it easy as you acclimatize to SoCal's high temperatures. Always drink plenty of water. Don't forget to slap on some sunscreen.
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