San Diego Local Customs

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  • 1. Dress Code

    San Diego is quite the beach culture. These peops are raised on the wet sand and they're not so friendly to outsiders. You stick out like a sore thumb if you're wearing elastic trunks while drinking...

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  • 2. Landmarks / History

    J. Jessop and Son's is an old, established jewelers, has a lovely shop in Horton Plaza and it's street clock has become a landmark of San Diego. In 1907 it was first located at 952 Fifth Avenue,...

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  • 3. Flora / Fauna

    We don't get a lot of rain here in San Diego and are very into the environment so we have adapted to our conditions instead of fighting against it. You will see a WONDERFUL WIDE variety of different...

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  • 4. Downtown/Gaslamp Quarter

    Every year, in July, San Diego is host to the surreal world of Comic-Con International. The United States largest comic book and pop art convention. It is the biggest convention held in this city and...

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  • 5. People

    When I moved to San Diego I spent an entire month trying to figure out where to live. In the process I stopped (as in stopped them on the streets) over 40 people to ask about their neighborhood and...

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  • 6. Restaurants / Tipping

    I saw it only once in Gaslamp Quarter - a man inviting people to a restaurant, he just stand on a walkway with some food to taste. Is it the way for free eating? = low budget travel. I don't think...

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  • 7. Beaches

    San Diego is situated along the coast of California with the Pacific Ocean. There are many beaches, beach communities and beach cities in the County of San Diego to choose from. Each beach has it's...

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  • 8. Seasonal Events

    I was raised in snow and cold and have lived in snow and cold since. So Christmas without snow seems a bit odd to me. Here I have juxtaposed the elegantly decorated tree in our hotel with the tree...

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  • 9. Cars / Driving

    One of the things I love in San Diego is the traffic. First of all it is great for a large city. It is easy to get around and you can be almost anywhere in 20 minutes or less. The second thing is...

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  • 10. Spanish Influence

    There is a very large Mexican influence in San Diego which is understandable as it was once part of Mexico and many of its inhabitants are of Mexican decent. Many of the bars and clubs specialize in...

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  • 11. Information / Sources

    On 1 December 1995 The University of California at San Diego, (UCSD) renamed their University Library Building, "The Geisel Library," in honor of Audrey and Theodor Seuss Geisel, (Dr. Seuss,) for...

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  • 12. Neighborhoods

    San Diego is the 8th largest city in the USA. Therefore it goes without saying that there are dozens of suburbs and neighborhoods sprawling out over the distance. While the city has modernized as...

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  • 13. Public Display

    Tunaman's Memorial was sculptured by Franco Vianello and dedicated in 1988 on the southwest end of Shelter Island, facing the bay. It is truly inspirational and emotional. San Diego was the Pacific...

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  • 14. Police / Law

    You can easily read the name of a police officer on a small (but enough large not to use glasses = it's not email in VT) name tag just above right pocket of his shirt - enlarge my picture. Hmm... in...

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  • 15. Diversity

    It seems that many of San Diegans speak Spanish at home. How many? I don't know. Reffering to official dates: 33% of San Diego County population (above 5yo) use other (than English) language at home....

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  • 16. Military

    There are a lot of military families living in and around San Diego. No wonder, Coronado Island is the home of the main and biggest American Naval Base. Many of them were sent to the Middle East just...

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  • 17. Day Trip

    The Cleveland National Forest is 147,000 acres (with three ranger districts) which offers a wide variety of terrain, wildlife and recreational activities. The forest extends from within five miles of...

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  • 18. Combined Suggestions

    San Diego has a growing gay community, centred on the Hillcrest neighbourhood. You may want to do some shopping at Gay Mart and International Male before heading to Hamburger Mary’s for a hearty...

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  • 20. San Diego Chargers Baseball Cap

    again another good souvenir to buy as it is not practical to travel when you are wearing the football helmett unless you want to be seen as a wacko he he. Like...

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  • 21. San Diego Chargers Shot glass

    another good souvenir hehehe (San Francisco's 49'ers still better! but they are still at the bottom in rankings right now, unfortunately but they won versus the...

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  • 22. San Diego Shot Glass

    a nice souvenir from San Diegonot only do i collect assorted fridge magnets of my local and international travels but i also collect shot glasses which I...

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  • 23. San Diego Refrigerator Magnets

    another fun souvenir item from San Diegoagain, as everyone knows, I like to collect fridge or refrigerator magnets on all of the places that I visit whether...

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  • 24. Down and out

    Like many large cities - especially those with a moderate climate - San Diego has its sad share of homeless. They are not dangerous nor do most of them make a...

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  • 25. Hillcrest - Our Gay District

    Hillcrest - is our version of The Castro, the gay district in San Diego. It is an awesome area full of life, restaurants and bars. It is very "straight people...

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San Diego Local Customs

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As a category the tips will give a glimpse of the city and it's population. In so many ways the same as you'll find at home. Yet, the differences can be quite surprising.

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