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    San Diego – a brief overview

    Easy-going San Diego is the second largest city in California, and the place is blessed with the kind of postcard assets that this would suggest – white beaches, a sunny climate, a lively surf culture and enough bars, clubs, breweries, wineries and restaurants to keep all tastes well sated. Its chief attractions, among them San Diego Zoo and SeaWorld, justifiably draw millions of visitors each year, while over 110 kilometres of coastline means the city offers everything from kayaking and scuba diving to deep-sea fishing trips and cruise holidays.

    With Mexico on its doorstep, meanwhile, there’s a colourful zing to the culture.

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    USS Midway Museum

    910 North Harbor Drive
    CA 92101 San Diego
    USA
    Tel: +1 619 544 9600
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    Opening times:
    Daily 1000-1700

    This huge aircraft carrier was in service for much of the second half of the 20th century, including the first Gulf War. It’s been reinvented as a visitor attraction and stands today as the world’s most visited naval ship museum.

    Balboa Park

    1549 El Prado
    CA 92101 San Diego
    USA
    Tel: +1 619 239 0512
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    Opening times:
    Various

    With no less than 15 major museums and a spread of other attractions (including San Diego Zoo), this is more than a mere park. What’s more, it’s just a few minutes from the downtown area.

    Legoland California

    1 Legoland Drive
    CA 92008 Carlsbad
    USA
    Tel: +1 760 918 5346
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    Opening times:
    Various

    A large family-friendly theme park dedicated to all things Lego, with rides, movie theatres, a water park and a SeaLife aquarium, as well as brick-by-brick reproductions of different parts of the USA.

    San Diego Zoo

    2920 Zoo Drive
    CA 92101 San Diego
    USA
    Tel: +1 619 231 1515
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    Opening times:
    Various

    Widely considered one of the best zoos in the world, the 40-hectare site plays home to more than 3,700 rare and endangered animals – including the renowned giant pandas.

    Old Town State Historic Park

    4002 Wallace Street
    CA 92110 San Diego
    USA
    Tel: +1 619 220 5422
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    Opening times:
    Daily 1000-1600 (Oct-Apr)
    Daily 1000-1700 (May-Sep)

    Formerly the site of an early Spanish settlement, the park today offers a visitor centre and various museums, throwing light on the Mexican and early American periods of the mid-19th century.

    Living Coast Discovery Center

    1000 Gunpowder Point Drive
    CA 91910 Chula Vista
    USA
    Tel: +1 619 409 5900
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    Opening times:
    Daily 1000-1700

    Six miles south of the city centre, this attraction showcases the creatures and plants of Southern California, both above the water and below. Expect to find everything from owls to leopard sharks.

    SeaWorld San Diego

    500 SeaWorld Drive
    CA 92109 San Diego
    USA
    Tel: +1 619 226 3901
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    Opening times:
    Daily 1000-1700

    Part theme park, part oceanarium, this long-standing San Diego attraction continues to pull in tourists by the million. Highlights include everything from a sea turtle aquarium to killer whale displays.

    New Children’s Museum

    200 West Island Avenue
    CA 92101 San Diego
    USA
    Tel: +1 619 233 8792
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    Opening times:
    Mon, Wed-Sat 1000-1600
    Sun 1200-1600

    Aiming to stimulate kids and their families through interaction with contemporary art, this is a well-thought-out attraction that’s adept at sparking young imaginations.

    Birch Aquarium at Scripps

    2300 Expedition Way
    CA 92037 La Jolla
    USA
    Tel: +1 858 534 3474
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0900-1700

    A quality aquarium affiliated to the famous Scripps Institution of Oceanography, with more than 60 different marine habitats on display. There’s also an interactive museum detailing the institution’s research.

    Coronado Surfing Academy

    1880 Avenida Del Sol
    Coronado, CA 92118
    USA
    Tel: +1 619 293 3883
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    Opening times:
    Various

    The waterfront community of Coronado gives no shortage of reasons to come calling, but this surf academy has a reputation as one of the best in southern California. If you’ve never caught a wave, it’s a great place to start.

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    Country overview

    From its vast plains, snow-covered mountains, deep forests and strange rock formations, to soaring skyscrapers and a thunderous cultural scene, the USA is a collage of extremes. Nothing can prepare you for your first glimpse of Manhattan’s unforgettable skyline, your first ride in a yellow cab, the ubiquitous hamburger joints, yawning expanses of prairie, the sweet strains of New Orleans jazz, or the neon-lit excesses of Las Vegas.

    Marvel at the thunderous spectacle of 12,000-year-old Niagara Falls in northern New York, or seek an antidote to urban chaos amidst the flat farmland of the Midwest. Then there are the black hills of South Dakota, the dramatic mountain and ocean landscape of California’s Pacific Coast Highway and the world-famous Grand Canyon.

    Geography

    Covering a large part of the North American continent, the USA shares borders with Canada to the north and Mexico to the south. The country has coasts on the Atlantic, Pacific and Arctic oceans, the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico. The State of Alaska, in the northwest corner of the US, is not part of the continental US; it is separated from the rest of the USA by Canada. Similarly, Hawaii is not part of the “lower 48” states; it lies in the central Pacific Ocean.

    The country’s dependent territories are offshore and have distinct geographies of their own; the majority are islands.

    The third-largest country in the world (after the Russian Federation and Canada), the USA has an enormous diversity of geographical features, including mountains, plains, and coastal zones. Though there are many cities that are densely populated with more manmade features than natural ones, there are also vast rural areas that are far more sparsely populated. The climate ranges from subtropical to arctic, with a corresponding breadth of flora and fauna.

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    Population: 321,2 millions

    Population Density (per sq km): 32

    Capital: Washington, DC.

    Language

    English, with significant Spanish-speaking minorties (10.7%).

    Currency

    US Dollar (USD; symbol $) = 100 cents. Notes are in denominations of $100, 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1, though the $2 bill is rare and is not in high circulation. Coins are in denominations of $1, and 50, 25, 10, 5 and 1 cents.

    Electricity

    120 volts AC, 60Hz. Plugs have two flat pins with or without a third round grounding pin.

    General business opening hours

    Business hours are officially Mon-Fri 0900-1730, although an extended working day is very common in certain sectors and it is not unusual for people to be working well into the night or over the weekend.

    Public holidays

    Below are Public Holidays for the January 2016 – December 2017 period.

    New Year’s Day: 01. January 2016
    Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: 18. January 2016
    Presidents’ Day: 15. February 2016
    Memorial Day: 30. May 2016
    Independence Day: 04. July 2016
    Labour Day: 05. September 2016
    Columbus Day: 10. October 2016
    Veterans’ Day: 11. November 2016
    Thanksgiving Day: 24. November 2016
    Christmas Day: 25. December 2016

    2017

    New Year’s Day: 01. January 2017
    Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: 16. January 2017
    Presidents’ Day: 15. February 2017
    Memorial Day: 29. May 2017
    Independence Day: 04. July 2017
    Labour Day: 04. September 2017
    Columbus Day: 09. October 2017
    Veterans’ Day: 10. November 2017
    Thanksgiving Day: 23. November 2017
    Christmas Day: 25. December 2017

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    Nightlife in San Diego

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    The San Diegan climate could have been custom-designed for a memorable night out, with long, warm evenings translating into rooftop bars, live music and all manner of spots in which to dance the night away.

    Monkey Paw Pub & Brewery

    805 16th Street
    CA 92101 San Diego
    USA
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    One for the beer lovers – its on-site brewery produces a huge range of drinkable brews.

    RoofTop600

    454 6th Avenue
    CA 92101 San Diego
    USA
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    A large, stylish rooftop bar at the Andaz San Diego Hotel.

    The Field Irish Pub

    544 5th Avenue
    CA 92101 San Diego
    USA
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    Bringing a slice of the Emerald Isle to Southern California.

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    Restaurants in San Diego

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    With Latin, Mexican, Italian and Asian flavours all combining, San Diego’s dining scene gives copious choice.

    Seafood is always a big draw, but the scale of the city is such that you’ll find just about anything that takes your fancy.

    Addison del Mar

    5200 Grand del Mar Way
    CA 92130 San Diego
    USA
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    Price: Expensive

    Five-star dining at this gourmet restaurant at the Grand del Mar Hotel.

    Cafe 21

    802 Fifth Avenue
    CA 92101 San Diego
    USA
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    Price: Moderate

    A popular neighbourhood restaurant blending local ingredients with world flavours.

    Baci Ristorante

    1955 West Morena Boulevard
    CA 92110 San Diego
    USA
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    Price: Moderate

    Seen by many as one of the best Italian restaurants in the city.

    Tender Greens

    110 West Broadway
    CA 92101 San Diego
    USA
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    Price: Cheap

    Specialising in “slow food done fast”, with an emphasis on locally sourced dishes.

    Oscars Mexican Seafood

    703 Turquoise Street
    CA 92109 San Diego
    USA
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    Price: Cheap

    Well-priced Mexican seafood served up at three different locations around town.

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    Old Town Fiesta Cinco de Mayo

    7 – 8 May 2016
    Website

    Venue: Old Town State Park

    This three-day fiesta celebrates Hispanic culture and history with music, crafts and regional cuisine. Live entertainment and music comes in the form of Banda, Norteno, Mariachi, Cumbia and other Latin rhythms. A spectacular equestrian show keeps everyone’s attention riveted, followed by a re-enactment of the 1862 Battle of Puebla.

    San Diego LGBT Pride

    15 – 17 July 2016
    Website

    Venue: Streets of San Diego

    Festivities include a mile-long parade with giant balloons, a two-day festival with multiple performance stages and various arts events and Pride parties in the weeks leading up to the main event. The weekend begins on Friday night with an outdoor rally at the festival’s main stage in Balboa Park to commemorate 1969′s Stonewall uprising in Greenwich Village, NY, a seminal moment in the history of the gay and lesbian rights movement.

    San Diego Surf Cup

    30 July – 1 August 2016
    6 – 8 August 2016
    Website

    Venue: San Diego Polo Club

    A popular youth football tournament, the annual San Diego Surf Cup is a series of soccer tournaments aimed at promoting the sport in the US. The tournament attracts crowds of up to 28,000 over each weekend (under 10s to under 15s on the first weekend; under 16s to under 19s on the second). A female youth tournament is held later in the year in November.

    America's Finest City Half Marathon and 5K

    21 August 2016
    Website

    Venue: Streets of San Diego

    This Half Marathon begins at historic Cabrillo National Monument, then it follows scenic San Diego Bay and Harbor Island along the Embarcadero to The Star of India, winds through downtown San Diego and ends in beautiful Balboa Park. It is also possible to take part in a 5km (3-mile) run/walk along a course in Balboa Park.

    San Diego Film Festival

    28 September – 2 Oktober 2016
    Website

    Venue: Pacific Gaslamp Theatres

    Taking place in San Diego’s vibrant Gaslamp Quarter, the city’s dining, shopping and entertainment district, this competitive five-day event screens more than 75 American and international features, documentary and short films. The festival also provides visitors with an opportunity to interact with film professionals through Q&A sessions, workshops and a screenwriting contest and conference.

    San Diego Jazz Festival

    23 – 27 November 2016
    Website

    Venue: Town and Country Resort Hotel

    Held over the Thanksgiving Day weekend, the annual San Diego Jazz Festival attracts a range of bands from across America as well as some from further afield. Audiences can expect a great line-up of musicians performing classic jazz, Dixieland and swing.

    December Nights

    2 – 3 December 2016
    Website

    Venue: Balboa Park

    San Diego’s annual December Nights in Balboa Park has all the festive ingredients needed to get visitors in the Christmas spirit. Attractions and entertainment include carol singing performances, nativity scenes, dancers and live musical performances.

    La Jolla Christmas Parade & Holiday Festival

    4 December 2016
    Website

    Venue: La Jolla

    The La Jolla Christmas Parade attracts 20,000 people to the sidewalks of the village each year to watch the spectacle pass by. Some 1,200 people, from all over San Diego, take part in the parade, whether in the marching bands, drill teams, scout troops or among the dancers, float builders, equestrians, car aficionados, politicos or promotors. In addition to the parade, YMCA’s Holiday Festival, a street fair along Silverado Street with arts, crafts, and food for sale and entertainment, helps make this a great event for the La Jolla community.

    San Diego Mardi Gras

    28 February 2017
    Website

    Venue: Gaslamp Quarter

    Every year thousands of revellers flock towards San Diego’s vibrant Gaslamp Quarter for its sensational Mardi Gras parade. Held on Shrove Tuesday, the event is one big outdoor party that includes live music, dancing, entertainers and street upon street selling delicious food and drinks.

    All information subject to change. Please check the dates on the relevant event organizer’s website.

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    Hotels in San Diego

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    San Diego itself covers a large area, so it’s fitting that its hotel stock should cover a similarly expansive range – from hip to homely, lavish to affordable, boutique to big-name, it’s got much to choose from.

    Pacific Terrace Hotel

    500 SeaWorld Drive
    CA 92109 San Diego
    USA
    Tel: +1 619 226 3901
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    Category: Expensive

    A 4-Diamond hotel situated right on the beach.

    The US Grant

    326 Broadway
    CA 92101 San Diego
    USA
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    Category: Expensive

    More than a century old, this historic hotel is still a strong high-end choice.

    Residence Inn San Diego Rancho Bernardo Scripps Poway

    12011 Scripps Highland Drive
    CA 92131 San Diego
    USA
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    Category: Moderate

    A popular all-suite hotel just north of the city.

    500 West Hotel

    500 West Broadway
    CA 92101 San Diego
    USA
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    Category: Cheap

    This “upscale hostel” is a notable budget option in downtown San Diego.

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    Climate & best time to visit USA

    The United States has varied weather conditions, and the best time to visit depends both upon the location and the season. Spring (March, April, May) and autumn (September and October) are generally cooler, more comfortable times to visit. Summer months – June, July, and August – are generally hot regardless of the region, but winter temperatures (November-February) can vary substantially depending upon the part of the US you are visiting. The southern part of the country tends to be warmer in the winter than the north. The general climate of the continental US is temperate, but keep in mind that Hawaii is tropical and Alaska is arctic. Many of the country’s dependent territories, such as Guam, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands, are also tropical.

    Summer is considered the peak tourist season throughout the country; other popular travel times are major American holidays, especially Thanksgiving and Christmas, as well as Easter Week and the school holiday known as Spring Break. Certain destinations, such as New York, are perennial favourites and are busy year-round; even when the weather may not be pleasant, these destinations have particular attractions or experiences that always draw travellers. In some parts of the country, travel services may be limited during the low or off-season, largely due to weather conditions.

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    Jan31 °C-1 °C18 °C9 °C63 %46 mm57.7 h
    Feb32 °C2 °C19 °C10 °C66 %39 mm48.0 h
    Mar33 °C3 °C19 °C11 °C67 %45 mm58.4 h
    Apr36 °C5 °C20 °C13 °C67 %20 mm39.2 h
    May35 °C8 °C20 °C15 °C71 %5 mm18.1 h
    Jun38 °C10 °C22 °C16 °C74 %2 mm08.1 h
    Jul35 °C12 °C24 °C18 °C75 %1 mm09.8 h
    Aug36 °C13 °C25 °C19 °C74 %3 mm09.5 h
    Sep43 °C10 °C25 °C18 °C73 %6 mm18.4 h
    Oct41 °C6 °C23 °C16 °C69 %9 mm17.9 h
    Nov36 °C3 °C21 °C12 °C66 %37 mm47.7 h
    Dec31 °C1 °C18 °C9 °C64 %40 mm57.5 h
    year43 °C-1 °C21 °C14 °C69 %253 mm298.4 h
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    Phone calls & Internet

    Telephone/Mobile Telephone

    Dialing Code: +1

    Telephone

    For emergency police, fire or medical services in major cities, dial 911. The following codes denote toll-free (freephone) numbers: 800, 855, 866, 877 and 888.

    Mobile Telephone

    Foreign mobile telephones only work if they are tri-band or quad-band; charges are high. Visitors can also hire a mobile telephone. Pre-pay cell phones can be purchased from a variety of retail outlets, including drug stores.

    Internet

    There are internet cafés in most urban areas, and an increasing number of Wi-Fi hotspots. Many coffee shops offer free Wi-Fi. Many of the international airports offer internet access too.

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    Shopping in San Diego

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    Key Areas

    The Gaslamp Quarter is a good place to head for big brands and international retailers, while those in search of arty souvenirs or creative designs will be well served by Little Italy and the alternative outlets of Hillcrest. Elsewhere, surf gear and beach fashion is easy to come by at Mission Bay.

    Markets

    There are dozens of certified farmers’ markets taking place every week in the greater San Diego area – those who thrive on fresh produce will be in heaven. For quality retro purchases, the San Diego Vintage Flea Market takes place several times a year, selling items from furnishings to clothing.

    Shopping Centres

    Fashion Valley (7007 Fashion Road) is a prominent outdoor shopping centre with around 200 stores and restaurants and a large multi-screen cinema. Also good to know about is Westfield Horton Plaza (324 Horton Plaza), a downtown mall spread over five levels – stores include a Macy’s.

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    Traveller etiquette

    Social Conventions

    Americans are renowned for their openness and friendliness to visitors. The wide variety of national origins and the USA’s relatively short history has resulted in numerous cultural and traditional customs living alongside each other. In large cities, people of the same ethnic background often live within defined communities.

    Shaking hands is the usual form of greeting. A relaxed and informal atmosphere is usually the norm. As long as the fundamental rules of courtesy are observed, there need be no fear of offending anyone of any background.

    Gifts are appreciated if one is invited to a private home.

    As a rule, dress is casual. High-end restaurants, hotels and clubs may require more formal attire.

    Smoking is increasingly unpopular in the US; it is essential to ask permission before lighting up. Smoking is not allowed on city transport and restricted or forbidden in public buildings in most states. There will be a posted notice where no smoking is requested. An increasing number of states (including California and New York) have banned smoking altogether in bars, restaurants and many public places.

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    Health

    Main emergency number: 911

    Food & Drink

    Food in the US is safe to eat, and the conditions under which food is prepared and served are regulated by city, state, and federal health and hygiene agencies. In many jurisdictions, it is mandatory for restaurants to have a certificate of health or hygiene, as well as the current grade they have been assigned, posted visibly.

    Although America is famous for its fast food and obesity rates, the local and fresh food movement is very popular in many areas, especially cities, making it easy to eat healthy. A variety of options also makes it easy for people with special dietary needs to find food that suits them, whether their needs are due to health reasons or to religious requirements.

    Tap water is considered safe to drink in the US and is often offered in restaurants before bottled water. Bottled water is available throughout the country, however, both in restaurants and shops, for those who prefer not to drink tap water.
     

    Other Risks

    The US is generally considered a safe destination for world visitors. Occasional outbreaks of disease, such as West Nile Virus (a mosquito-borne illness) and H1N1 have occurred in recent years, however. Frequent hand-washing and general practices of good hygiene are encouraged to protect oneself against all types of illness.

    Another concern with regard to safety is the possibility of terrorist attacks such as the one that occurred on September 11, 2001. City, state, and federal agencies have stringent anti-terrorism practices in place, however, and direct threats are infrequent.
     

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    Visa & Immigration

    IATA Travel Centre

    The IATA Travel Centre delivers accurate passport, visa and health requirement information at a glance. It is a trusted, centralized source for the latest international travel requirements. The IATA Travel Centre is the most accurate source available because it is based on a comprehensive database used by virtually every airline, and information is gathered from official sources worldwide, such as immigration and police authorities.

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