Etiquette

Californians are pretty casual by nature, but a few (unspoken) rules still apply.

  • Smoking Don't light up indoors (it's illegal) or anywhere else you don't see others doing it, unless you don't mind lots of dirty looks.
  • Bargaining Haggling over the prices of goods usually isn't appropriate, except at outdoor markets and with sidewalk vendors.
  • Greetings Shaking hands with men and women when meeting for the first time may be a tad formal, but it's expected for business dealings and by some older adults.