Mar 12, 2024 - News

Poll: What is San Diego's smell?

Ahhh, do you smell that fresh, salty ocean air? Or is it freshly made tortillas and fish tacos? You tell us.

Zoom in: Last week, we asked Axios readers to share a fragrance that represents our city. With dozens of suggestions, these are the nominees for you to vote on:

Coastal scents — "The beach. Hands down. You can smell it the second you walk out of the airport," Robin K. says.

  • Sunscreen or the "ocean with a slight hint of coppertone," per Glenn M. and others.
  • Surf wax.

Tacos — "Fish tacos definitely have to be the aroma of San Diego, paying proper homage to its maritime heritage and historic cultural imprints," Ed G. says.

  • Taco shops — or, more specifically, rolled tacos with cotija cheese, readers suggested.

Sage — Something that you can smell "any day on our plentiful hiking trails," Sandra M. says.

  • Others pointed to sage as the post-rain scent from the canyons.

What you'd rather not smell, but can't always escape — the waft of seals' waste at La Jolla Cove and urine, from dogs and humans.

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