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    San Diego – a brief overview

    Home to some 1.3 million people, San Diego is the second-largest city in California after Los Angeles. The region in the south of the state bordering Mexico, offers pleasant living conditions, excellent surf and diving areas and a variety of beaches. Every year, some 30 million people travel to the region. Founded in the mid-18th century, San Diego began to flourish particularly after the opening of the Panama Canal. The Victorian villas in the Gaslamp Quarter and the Hispano-Mexican houses in Balboa Park date from that time.

    Both neighborhoods have been restored for tourists and now function as culture and entertainment districts with museums, shops, theaters, bars and restaurants. San Diego’s attractions include the zoo with its near-to-nature, generously proportioned outdoor enclosures and the Living Coast Discovery Center, where you can find out all about the indigenous plant and animal kingdom to be found in San Diego Bay.

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    The Butterfly Garden is one of the top attractions at San Diego Zoo

    USS Midway Museum

    910 North Harbor Drive
    CA 92101 San Diego
    USA
    Tel. +1-619/544 96 00
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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 Vietnam 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 05 12
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    Opening times:
    Various

    With no less than 17 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 53 46
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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 15 15
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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 54 22
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    Opening times:
    Monday – Thursday 1000-1600
    Friday – Sunday 1000-1700 (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 59 00
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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. +1-619/222 47 32
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    Opening times:
    Various

    Part theme park, part oceanarium, this long-standing San Diego attraction continues to pull in tourists by the million. Highlights include everything from beautiful aquariums to thrilling rides.

    New Children’s Museum

    200 West Island Avenue
    CA 92101 San Diego
    USA
    Tel. +1-619/ 233 87 92
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    Opening times:
    Various

    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 34 74
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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 38 83
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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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    Cameron Diaz, Gregory Peck and skateboard superstar Tony Hawk have one thing in common: They are all San Diego natives. Their city is just like them: attractive, sporty and laid back. The weather is generally warmer in this beautiful southern Californian city than it is in San Francisco, and San Diego is also more easygoing than Los Angeles.

    “San D,” as the residents call it, scores with dream beaches, oodles of sunshine and a mix of surfer lifestyle, vibrant culture scene and unique sights, as well as having Mexico on its doorstep. Even if it was here that the first Europeans arrived on the west coast of what would become the USA, the city of San Diego certainly does not hanker after bygone days. For years now, the second-largest city in California has been attracting a bohemian crowd, athletes, winter refugees and bon vivants.

    8 a.m.: Breakfast with Marilyn

    1500 Orange Avenue
    Coronado, CA 92118
    USA
    Tel.: +1-619/435 66 11
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    Breakfast within sight of the Pacific Ocean at the Hotel Del Coronado, once upon a time the world’s biggest beach hotel and to this day the largest wooden building in the United States. The movie Some Like It Hot featuring Marilyn Monroe was shot in 1958 at this beautifully situated, 130-year-old grand hotel. While enjoying breakfast at the Sheerwater restaurant (insider tip: eggs benedict with spinach), you can feast your eyes on one of the finest beaches in the U.S. Come early enough and you will witness a special morning salute. The soldiers of the nearby marine base use the beach for their training runs and between seven and eight a.m., they line up with their backs to the ocean, facing the hotel and call out: “Good Morning, Hotel Del!” To which the hotel staff call back, “Good morning, Navy!” Then the marines sing the shanty “Anchors Away” before trotting back to their barracks.

    9:30 a.m.: Brief visit to Italy

    2210 Columbia Street
    San Diego, CA 92101
    USA
    Tel.: +1-619/233 38 98
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    Some 6000 families of Italian origin lived here a century ago, and the area around India Street and Kettner Street, with its restaurants, festivals, small shops and – should you visit on a Saturday between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. – one of the largest and most appealing farmer’s markets in the U.S., is still firmly in Italian hand today. The Little Italy Mercato catapults its visitors into a colorful world of tasty vegetables, excellent, freshly caught fish and orchids frequented by trattoria owners, aging hippies and browsing tourists. On street corners, bluegrass bands and jazz saxophonists provide the musical backdrop, and refreshment is available in the form of paninis, sea urchins and freshly pressed smoothies.

    10:30 a.m.: Floating city

    910 North Harbor Drive
    San Diego, CA 92101
    USA
    Tel.: +1-619/544 96 00
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    This is unique: The aircraft carrier USS Midway served the U.S. Navy from 1945 until 1992. Today the largest floating museum in the world, it is anchored in San Diego harbor. Engine room, hangar deck, bridge, flight deck 310 meters long and dozens of jets – it would be hard to come any closer to such an overwhelming display of technology and history. The Midway was once home to a crew of 4100, complete with church, gym, jail cells and a vast galley. Particularly impressive: the guided tours led by ex-seamen who once sailed into the Gulf War aboard this ship and the Expert Talks held here with marine pilots, who explain what you need when taking off or landing carrier aircraft.

    12 noon: Feast for meat lovers

    1004 N Harbor Drive
    San Diego, CA 92101
    USA
    Tel.: +1-619/696 76 75
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    Carnitas’ Snack Shack is a stone’s throw away from the USS Midway and very much a place of pilgrimage for fans of substantial meals. It may sound like little more than a rundown cabin, but in fact it’s a modern, airy building beneath palm trees from which the warm breeze wafts the hearty smell of tacos and pork specialties out to sea. Hani Vacin, the chef here, is a bulky, bald-headed man who trained at some of the top U.S. restaurants before deciding to set up shop in his hometown of San Diego and serve pork belly appetizers, heavenly burgers and, yes, also the odd vegetarian dish.

    2 p.m.: Balboa Park universe

    1549 El Prado
    San Diego, CA 92101
    USA
    Tel.: +1-619/239 05 12
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    The second-oldest urban park in the U.S. (founded 1868) and the city’s most extensive green area is the best place in San Diego to visit several museums within a short time. Balboa Park is the site of 15 museums spotlighting all manner of subjects from automobiles, natural history, aviation and photography to art. There’s also a Japanese tea pavilion, a palm canyon and a replica of Shakespeare’s Globe Theater. San Diego Zoo is also located in Balboa Park and has for decades been one of the world’s most popular zoos. It will take you two or three days to see everything, so it’s a good idea to pick out a handful of museums, enjoy the beautiful gardens, play a round of golf on the 18-hole Balboa Golf Course and maybe take in one of the free concerts at Spreckels Organ Pavilion, which houses the largest outdoor organ (5017 pipes) in the world.

    4:30 p.m.: Sea more

    2261 Avenida De La Playa
    La Jolla, CA 92037
    USA
    Tel.: +1-858/454 61 95
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    La Jolla (pronounced “La Hoya“), the beautifully manicured suburb of the super-rich, is a wonderful place to stroll along the cliffs and observe seals, seabirds, dolphins and – with a little luck – also spot humpback whales between December and March. On Children’s Pool beach, which is sheltered by a quay wall with a public pathway along the top, you have a virtual “seal guarantee.” But beware of the Pacific breakers, which even on calm days can splash surprisingly high up against the quay wall and soak bystanders. A marine reserve starts at delightful little La Jolla Cove and extends 15 kilometers northward. La Jolla Shores surfer bay is also ideal for a kayak tour along the coast. A tour including some of the caves that are accessible only from the water will take you roughly one and a half hours to complete. Several thousand completely harmless leopard sharks gather here in the summer months, when you have the chance to come within just a few meters of them.

    6:30 p.m.: People Watching

    Mission Beach
    San Diego, CA 92109
    USA
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    Mission Beach and Pacific Beach are California exactly as people picture it, with good-looking young people living out their surfer dream along the Boardwalk, the three-kilometer promenade. Many of them live in tiny cabins close to the beach and sleep with their boards beside their bed. Everything here revolves around the beach, where funny little cafés alternate with surf shops and quirky boutiques. Your best plan is to grab a caffè latte, settle down on the beach wall and do some people watching – bikini blonds, the six-pack ab brigade, inline skaters, canoeists, joggers, beach bums, geriatric surfers and even dogs on boards are sure to keep boredom at bay. If you’re lucky, you may even spot local character Slomo swishing by. Twenty years ago, the former neurologist gave up the luxury life, his Ferrari, villa and pool to devote himself to his hobby: inline skating on one leg, body slanted forward and his arms stretched out to the side.

    8 p.m.: A pinch of Mexico

    2461 San Diego Avenue
    San Diego, CA 92110
    USA
    Tel.: +1-619/291 46 95
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    How about dinner at the Café Coyote? Mexico is just a few kilometers from the south of San Diego. Mexican food markets, shops, restaurants and galleries dominate the city, especially in the old town. On some corners, the neighborhood looks a little like a tourist trap, on others, it couldn’t be more unique and original. Best to simply take a stroll and follow your instincts. At any rate, the Coyote is a top address with its colorfully decorated walls, burbling fountains, delicious burritos, tacos and fajitas, giant margaritas, not forgetting the mariachi singers and women baking tortillas, the typical Mexican corn flatbreads, before their guests’ eyes. Every year since 2009, the people of San Diego have voted The Coyote the best Mexican restaurant in town.

    10:30 p.m.: 1920s-style cocktails

    Prohibition
    548 5th Avenue
    San Diego, CA 92101
    USA
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    The Gaslamp Quarter has been one San Diego’s nightlife hotspots for decades now: The 16-block district has hundreds of restored Victorian buildings housing boutiques, clubs and bars. The classy speakeasy-style Probition bar is inconspicuously tucked away behind a door marked “Law Office Eddie O’Hare.” In other words, it emulates an illicit 1920s drinking establishment and is popular with fans of good cocktails, great soul and jazz bands and smart clothing, who come here to indulge in their passion.  Reservations impossible; weekend dress code: no shorts, sandals or T-shirts. Cocktail tip: Jesse Didn’t Die, consisting of gin, curaçao, lemon and Pimm’s. By the way, the unmissable Yuma Building, a former brothel, stands just a few meters from the entrance of the Prohibition. During a razzia in 1912, 138 prostitutes were arrested and given the choice of joining a Christian reform movement or henceforth to ply their trade in Los Angeles; of the 138, 136 decided to take the ticket to L.A.

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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 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

    Capital: Washington, DC.

    Language

    English, with significant Spanish-speaking minorties.

    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.

    Public holidays

    Below are listed Public Holidays for the January 2018 – December 2019 period.

    Note: States can recognize other days as state holidays that are not federal holidays.

    2018

    New Year’s Day: 1 January 2018
    Martin Luther King Day: 15 January 2018
    President’s Day: 19 February 2018
    Memorial Day: 28 March 2018
    Independence Day: 4 July 2018
    Labor Day: 3 September 2018
    Columbus Day: 8 October 2018
    Veterans Day: 12 November 2018
    Thanksgiving Day: 22 November 2018
    Christmas: 25 December 2018

    2019

    New Year’s Day: 1 January 2019
    Martin Luther King Day: 21 January 2019
    President’s Day: 18 February 2019
    Memorial Day: 27 March 2019
    Independence Day: 4 July 2019
    Labor Day: 2 September 2019
    Columbus Day: 14 October 2019
    Veterans Day: 11 November 2019
    Thanksgiving Day: 28 November 2019
    Christmas: 25 December 2019

    All information subject to change.

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    Sundowners on set

    The drinks may be wickedly expensive here, but in the Sunset Bar of the famous Hotel del Coronado (hoteldel.com) – “The Del” for short – it’s not just the drink and the view you’re paying for, but for in the presence of a legend: This Victorian beach hotel, which first opened in 1888, is built entirely of wood, registered as a Natural Historic Landmark and among others, welcomes state presidents and film stars as its guests. But the hotel is famous above all as a backdrop for Hollywood films, including Billy Wilder’s 1959 comedy Some Like It Hot, featuring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon.

    Open
    Tue–Thu: 1630–2200
    Fri and Sat: 1630–2300

    1500 Orange Avenue
    Coronado
    USA
    Tel. +1-619/435 66 11

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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: Luxurious

    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: Budget

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

    Oscar's Mexican Seafood

    703 Turquoise Street
    CA 92109 San Diego
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    Price: Budget

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

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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

    610 Diamond Street
    CA 92109 San Diego
    USA
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    Category: Luxurious

    A 4-Diamond hotel situated right on the beach.

    The US Grant

    326 Broadway
    CA 92101 San Diego
    USA
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    Category: Luxurious

    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.

    Cherokee Lodge

    964 D Avenue
    CA 92118 San Diego
    USA
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    Category: Budget

    This welcoming B&B is situated close to Coronado Beach and within walking distance of a number of bistros and restaurants. Complimentary parking is provided.

    Kings Inn

    1333 Hotel Circle South
    CA 92108 San Diego
    USA
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    Category: Budget

    This very decent, family-friendly hotel has 138 rooms and is located in Mission Valley, just north of downtown San Diego. With its large outdoor pool and fitness center, it offers good value for money.

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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 by STK

    600 F Street
    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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    Calendar of events

    San Diego Mardi Gras

    13 February 2018
    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.

    Old Town Fiesta Cinco de Mayo

    5 – 7 May 2018
    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

    14 – 15 July 2018
    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.

    America's Finest City Half Marathon and 5K

    19 August 2018
    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

    10 – 14 October 2018
    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.

    San Diego Jazz Festival

    21 – 25 November 2018
    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

    December 2018
    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

    December 2018
    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.

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

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    Phone calls & Internet

    Telephone/Mobile Telephone

    Dialing Code: +1

    Telephone

    Public telephones have become a rarity, but can still be found here and there. They take coins, telephone cards and credit cards. If you care planning to make regular use of public phones, it’s best to purchase a prepaid calling card from one of the many U.S. providers.

    Mobile Telephone

    Not all European cell phones work on the American network, since it requires a tri-band or quad-band device. Full network coverage is not always assured outside densely population areas. Roaming charges are high here, so it is often cheaper to buy a SIM card from a U.S. provider. Low-cost prepaid SIM cards for making calls inside the country can be ordered online before you travel.

    Internet

    Free Internet access via Wi-Fi is possible in many busy tourist spots. When using unencrypted public Wi-Fi networks, it is not advisable to enter passwords, credit card details or banking credentials. We recommend using VPN app or security software to check Wi-Fi hotspots.

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    Shopping in San Diego

    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 Friars 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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    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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    46 mm

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    37 mm

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    7 h

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    8 h

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    63 %

    66 %

    67 %

    67 %

    71 %

    74 %

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    74 %

    73 %

    69 %

    66 %

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    15 °C

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    absolute maxabsolute minØ absolute minØ absolute minrelative humidityØ precipitationdays with deposit > 1mmsunshine duration
    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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    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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    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 in formal situations and in business meetings. 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.

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