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Dulzura, California
Cafe and post office on Highway 94 in Dulzura
Cafe and post office on Highway 94 in Dulzura
Dulzura, California is located in California
Dulzura, California
Dulzura, California
Location within the state of California
Dulzura, California is located in the United States
Dulzura, California
Dulzura, California
Dulzura, California (the United States)
Coordinates: 32°38′39″N 116°46′50″W / 32.64417°N 116.78056°W / 32.64417; -116.78056
Country United States
State California
County San Diego
Time zoneUTC-8 (Pacific (PST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-7 (PDT)
ZIP codes
Area code619

Dulzura (Spanish for "Gentleness" or "Sweetness") is an unincorporated community in San Diego County, California.


The ZIP Code is 91917 and the community is inside area code 619. The community is largely rural and has a population of only about 700 people.

It is located 25 miles southeast of the city of San Diego, about 10 miles north of the U.S.-Mexican border, and on the east side of the San Ysidro Mountains.


Dulzura is derived from a Spanish name meaning "gentleness".[1] Another theory is that the name is derived from the thriving honey industry that began in the area in 1869 and comes from the Spanish translation of Dulzura meaning "sweetness".[2]

Although it was also the place of death for former Major League Baseball pitcher Eric Show, it was best known between 1908 and 1914 as the home of a delicacy known as "Clark's Pickelized Figs," a candied fruit that was sold from small firkins at grocery stores across the United States. The figs were produced at Clark Ranch by Frank and Lila Clark. The advent of World War I resulted in a sugar shortage which effectively ended the family business. The Clark Ranch remains in the family to the present day, and the original "Pickle House" is now the tasting room for Dulzura Vineyard & Winery.

The landmark Dulzura Schoolhouse was a one-room fixture in the community from the 1900s until it was closed in the 1950s.


According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Dulzura has a hot-summer Mediterranean climate, abbreviated "Csa" on climate maps.[3]


  1. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. pp. 109.
  2. ^ David W. Kean, Wide Places in the California Roads: The encyclopedia of California's small towns and the roads that lead to them (Volume 1 of 4: Southern California Counties), p. 59
  3. ^ Climate Summary for Dulzura, California