Travel and Transportation

In addition to San Diego International Airport (SAN), travelers may pass through or land at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), 2 hours north of San Diego. SAN hosts nonstop flights from London's Heathrow Airport, Tokyo's Narita International Airport, Mexico City's Benito Juárez International Airport and other major airports combined with quick clearance through U.S. Customs.

San Diego International Airport is conveniently located approximately nine miles from the hotel. A typical taxi fare from the airport ranges from $35-$60. Several shuttle companies offer shared rides to and from Lindbergh Field and to other areas of San Diego County. There are numerous limousine and chauffeur services available for hire upon arriving at the airport.

Customs, Entry into the USA

All persons arriving at a port-of-entry to the United States are subject to inspection by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers. CBP officers will conduct the Immigration, Customs and Agriculture components of the Inspections process.

Practical Information

Language: English and Spanish are the predominant languages in San Diego.

Currency: US Dollar

Banking, Tips and Taxes: Major bank-issued credit and debit cards (Visa, MasterCard, and American Express) are accepted by nearly all establishments in the area. Automated teller machines (ATM’s) are available at the San Diego International Airport, in the hotel, and in the area surrounding the hotel. Foreign currency exchange and travelers check redemption is available at the airport. Some banks and hotels accept travelers checks.

The sales tax rate for San Diego is 7.75%.

A reward for service, tip, or gratuity, is common in the United States. In restaurants, it is customary to tip 15% of the bill or 20% for above-average service. Gratuities are not necessary in cafeterias with self-service. At hotels and airports a $1 tip per bag or suitcase is customary for the bellboy or porter. Taxi drivers are usually tipped 15% of the total fare.

Electricity: 120V AC

Smoking: The State of California has laws that regulate the use and sale of tobacco products, everywhere in the State. Smoking is prohibited indoors of most public venues, including restaurants, bars, theaters and hotels. Many cities in San Diego County also further prohibit the use of tobacco products in outdoor public spaces (such as parks, beaches and restaurant patios). If a city does not have its own laws concerning tobacco use, individual venues may have their own policies.

Insurance: None of the conference organizers nor the Coronado Island Marrioot can accept liability for personal injury, or loss or damage to property, personal or otherwise, belonging to meeting participants or accompanying persons, either during or as a result of the conference or during all tours or their stay in San Diego. Participants and accompanying persons should assure that their own personal health, accidents and/or travel insurance are up-to-date and valid for use in the United States.

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