Smoking is illegal in all California bars and restaurants, including on outdoor dining patios in some cities. If you have an existing medical condition that may require emergency treatment, be aware that many rural and mountain communities have only daytime clinics, not hospitals with 24-hour emergency rooms.
Outdoor sports are a huge draw in California’s moderate climate, but caution, especially in unfamiliar areas, is key. Drownings occur each year because beach lovers don’t heed warnings about high surfs with their deadly rogue waves. Do not fly within 24 hours of scuba diving.