Travel TipsHigh temperatures along the coast are normally in the mid-60s in winter and the mid- to upper 70s in summer, with a daily range of 10 to 15 degrees. While temperatures are notably constant, there can be wide variations within short distances; inland locations run slightly cooler on winter nights and considerably warmer during the summer months.
May through October is essentially rainless; from November through March an average of about 1.5 inches of rain a month can be expected. Strong winds or storms occur infrequently, while snow and ice are practically unknown, except in the mountains to the east. The smog that plagues Los Angeles also is refreshingly absent here. Fog is prevalent along the coast during the fall and winter months, decreasing inland.
With few exceptions, San Diego is a casual place, so dress accordingly. Although the Pacific surf is bracing, keep a swimsuit handy just in case you have an impulse to take a dip. A sweater or lightweight jacket will prove handy for nighttime temperatures. Winter nights average about 50 and occasionally fall to 40; even summer evenings may seem chilly. Don't forget a pair of sunglasses and decent walking shoes to keep you comfortable through all of the fun things to do in San Diego.
San Diego, CA
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State and county sales taxes total 7.75 percent in San Diego. A lodging tax, called a transient occupancy tax, of 10.5 to 12.5 percent also is levied along with a 10.5 percent (11 percent at the airport) rental car tax.
Alvarado Hospital, (619) 287-3270; Scripps Mercy Hospital, (619) 294-8111; Sharp Memorial Hospital, (858) 939-3400; University of California-San Diego Medical Center, (858) 657-7000.
996 N. Harbor Dr. San Diego, CA 92101. Phone:(619)236-1242
San Diego International Airport
San Diego County is served by major rental car agencies. Hertz, at the airport, offers discounts to AAA members; phone (619) 767-5700 or (800) 654-3080.
Amtrak, (800) 872-7245, rolls from the historic
Greyhound Lines Inc., (619) 515-1100 or (800) 231-2222, has a depot at 1313 National Ave. Greyhound buses and Five Star Tours' eight-passenger shuttles, (619) 232-5040, offer service to downtown Tijuana, Mexico; reservations are required 24 hours in advance.
Local taxis are metered. Cab companies include Orange, (619) 223-5555; San Diego Dispatch, (800) 368-2947; USA, (619) 231-1144; and Yellow, (619) 444-4444. Base fare is around $2.80, with a rate of approximately $3 for each additional mile. Limousine service is available throughout the area averaging about $75 an hour.
Transportation by bus and trolley is available in San Diego.