Practical Information in San Diego

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MONEY

Most credit cards are widely accepted at all outlets, but having a little cash on hand is always a good idea. The best way to get cash all over the US and San Diego is at an ATM (automated teller machine).

TELEPHONE

The area code for San Diego is 619, in northern coastal areas is 858, and 760 is used is outlying areas. With the boom of telecommunications, pay phones are not as abundant as they used to be, but still widely available; you just have look a little harder.  

BUSINESS HOURS

Banks and Post offices are open mainly M-F from 9am to 5pm, and some open on Sat. from 10am to 12pm. Most retail businesses are open from 10am to 6pm 7 days a week. The bigger department stores and shopping malls operate from 10am to 9pm M-Sat., and 10am to 6pm on Sunday.  

ELECTRICITY

The United States uses 110-120 volts AC, compared to 220-240 volts in Europe. Most international countries will need a converter to change your voltage with electronic devices.

HOSPITALS

UCSD Medical Center 619/543-6400 in Hillcrest, UCSD Thornton Hospital 858/657-7600 in La Jolla, Coronado Hospital 619/435-6251. In the case of an emergency, dial 911.

PUBLIC RESTROOMS

You should not have a problem finding a public restroom, they are in every shopping mall or park. Ask before using a private bathroom at a restaurant or coffee shop; most restrooms are reserved for customers only. 

SMOKING

Smoking is prohibited in all indoor public places in the State of California. San Diego in particular has banned smoking from all city beaches and city parks.  

DRINKING

The legal drinking age in the US is 21, and proof of identity is required. Beer, wine and liquor are sold from 6am to 2am daily.

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