Know Before You Go

The USCAP’s 2014 Diagnostic Cytopathology Meeting


What to Know Before You Go

The USCAP’s Diagnostic Cytopathology Meeting is nearly upon us! Below please find some helpful information as you prepare for your trip.


Will this be your first Diagnostic Cytopathology Meeting?

If so, please join us for the Welcome Reception on Saturday, January 18. This reception will give you an opportunity to meet other attendees, and start your meeting experience off right. Families and accompanying guests are invited.


Will I Need a Jacket?

Del Mar’s January temperatures range from a high of 65 F to a low of 45 F. Please be sure to visit   for the most up to date weather conditions to help you pack appropriately for your trip.


Arriving at the San Diego International Airport

Major national rental car chains are represented off-site.  Car rental reservation boards are located near the baggage claim areas of Terminals 1 and 2. Car rental shuttles regularly operate at the Terminal 1 center traffic aisle and at the traffic island at the far west end of Terminal 2. If you follow the signage to any of these areas, it is likely that a shuttle will be waiting. Can’t find a shuttle?  Use the courtesy phones provided to request shuttle transport to the car rental company of your choice.

Avis is offering discounted car rentals for attendees during our meeting. The Avis Worldwide Discount (AWD) Number is D005275. To book your reservation online, please visit link for USCAP Diagnostic Cytopathology Update Course or call toll free to 1-800-331-1600 and use the above discount number. The group discount is available from 7 days before until 7 days after the event dates with unlimited free mileage.   

Taxi service is available to/from the San Diego International airport and the L’Auberge Del Mar Hotel Many companies provide taxicab service at San Diego International Airport. If you need a taxi, simply follow the signs leading to the Transportation Plazas. A Transportation Coordinator will place you with the first available taxi – unless you specify a particular taxicab company.  The L’Aubege Del Mar is about 30 minutes north of the airport.


What Time is it?

San Diego is in the Pacific Time Zone. For more information on the time change from your destination, please visit


Traveling Internationally to San Diego, California

For our attendees traveling internationally to the USA please be sure your travel documents are in order. A current passport is required for entry into the USA and a VISA may be necessary depending on your country of origin. For more information about VISA requirements visit


Using Your Cellular Phone in the US

There are four nationwide cellular service providers (in alphabetical order), AT&T (formerly Cingular), Sprint/Nextel, T-Mobile, and Verizon, as well as several regional providers. Both AT&T (800/850 and/or 1900 MHz service, depending on the market) and T-Mobile (1900 MHz only) offer SIMs bundled with a pre-paid calling plan if you wish to bring your GSM phone along from home. You can also purchase a pre-paid SIM card and or phone online as a cost-effective way to save hassle once you arrive in the US. A few important facts to note: There are no FREE incoming calls in the US. All calls cost, whether they are outgoing OR incoming. Additionally, there are no separate rates for placing calls to landlines or cell phones; both cost the same amount.


What To Do Once You’re There

The L'Auberge Del Mar is nestled on the California coast just north of San Diego.  The facilty and the surrounding area offer plenty to see and do when not learning.

Whether you plan to stroll down the beach for a walk in the sand, a dip in the ocean, or are planning to explore farther afield, L'Auberge Del Mar is the perfect place to call home before, during, or after your USCAP learning experience in Southern California. While visiting, you can...

  • Take a dip in our gorgeous pool overlooking the Pacific with private cabanas or enjoy the whirlpool and lap pool.
  • Enjoy tennis on two-lighted courts for individual or mini tournament play.
  • Shop the boutiques and dine at over 50 restaurants in Del Mar village.
  • Take advantage of priority tee times and greens fees at San Diego's most exclusive golf courses.
  • Discover the world-famous  Del Mar Race Track , the Rancho Santa Fe Polo Fields and a variety of  San Diego attractions just a short drive away.
  • Explore a historical park and nature reserve with plenty of hiking trails at Torrey Pines State Beach, located just three miles south of the L'Auberge Del Mar. The concierge can make arrangements for a guided walk.
  • Exercise in our state-of-the-art fitness center with a variety of cardio and strength equipment.


Safe travels and see you in Del Mar, California!