Del Mar

Visitors and locals can shop at trendy boutiques or spend an afternoon at the beach.

Welcome to Delmar

Thoroughbred horse racing is one of the biggest events of the year in this upscale seaside village

 
Best known for its equestrian culture and the Del Mar horse racing track, Del Mar is an upscale seaside village (Del Mar actually means “of the sea” or “by the sea”) north of San Diego nestled between La Jolla and Solana Beach. An affluent enclave, Del Mar’s downtown district is mostly centered around Camino Del Mar, where visitors and locals can shop at trendy boutiques, visit galleries, sample restaurants, or spend an afternoon at the beach.
 
Like its neighboring coastal towns, Del Mar has several beautiful and accessible beaches for residents to enjoy. Popular venues like the Del Mar Racetrack (located at the Del Mar Fairgrounds) are a significant draw to the area as they regularly host events throughout the year, most notably thoroughbred racing in the summer months.


What to Love

  • Beautiful beaches, many of which are dog-friendly and offer scenic views
  • Lots of shopping and dining opportunities in the Del Mar village
  • Home to one of the biggest horse racing venues in the United States

People & Lifestyle

Del Mar is cherished for its luxurious oceanfront properties, some of which easily fall into the upper eight-figures. With less than 4,500 residents, Del Mar is a quaint small town that attracts wealthy residents drawn in by the allure of homes along the coast with dramatic views of the oceanside bluffs. The median listing price of a detached single-family residence as of 2021 is over $3 million dollars, especially in the Del Mar Beach Colony.
 

Dining, Shopping & Entertainment

Dine at one of the award-winning restaurants while enjoying panoramic views of the ocean at Del Mar Plaza. Then stroll through the European-inspired open-air plaza while you shop ‘til you drop at one of the many specialty boutiques, salon services, and local shops inside the plaza. The plaza is also a hotspot for local events like pop-ups, live music, fitness classes, and more.
 
The mixed-used development One Paseo is still a relatively new feature residing at the corner of Del Mar Heights Road and El Camino Real. Opening in 2019, One Paseo features hundreds of luxury apartments and thousands of square feet worth of retail and office space.
 
The appeal of dining in a scenic coastal town like Del Mar is witnessing entrancing seascapes while dining on gourmet meals. The waterfront Poseidon Restaurant is the perfect way to do that. With a patio on the sand and seafood-centric dishes served alongside ice-cold beer, Poseidon embodies the Southern California lifestyle and all the ambiance of a relaxing beach scene.
 
Camino Del Mar is home to the casual, clubby seafood restaurant Brigantine. Tucked between the Pacific Ocean and the rolling hillside of Rancho Santa Fe, the Del Mar Brigantine plates surf ‘n’ turf, oysters on the half shell, savory fish tacos, and more.
 

Things to Do

Del Mar boasts two miles of sandy, beachside paradise with gorgeous views along the historic Highway 101.
 
  • Del Mar Shores Beach –– Located below the Del Mar Shores Terrace condominiums, the Del Mar Shores Beach is an inviting stretch of sand that’s great for walking when the tide is out.
    • If you continue south from Del Mar Shores you’ll run into the North Del Mar Beach, also known as the Dog Beach, the only place you can let your dogs off-leash on Del Mar city beaches.
  • Torrey Pines State Beach –– One of the most unencumbered beaches in the county, Torrey Pines offers rocky cliffs, trails, scenic views, and untouched coastal wilderness containing bluffs overlooking the sea, sandstone canyons, and pine forests.
Besides the beaches, there are several beautiful parks and trails to explore in Del Mar.
 
  • North/Scripps Bluff Preserve is a lesser-known preserve above Dog Beach where you can go hiking and witness the sunset and 360-degree views of the coast and inland lagoons.
  • Del Mar Shores Park –– A 5.3-acre park with a baseball field, an off-leash dog park, and a few basketball hoops.
  • Seagrove Park and Powerhouse Park are coastal parks near the 15th Street surf break where you can picnic with friends. Powerhouse Park also has a dog-free “tot lot.”
  • Crest Canyon Park –– Tucked in among the residential developments, Crest Canyon offers several trails, including the 2.5-mile Crest Canyon Trail Loop that affords brilliant views of the canyon, Torrey pines, wildflowers, and coastal sage scrub.
One of Del Mar’s main attractions is the Del Mar Fairgrounds, a world-class facility that hosts a large variety of annual events including the San Diego County Fair, the Del Mar National Horse Show, Holiday of Lights, and thoroughbred horse racing on the Del Mar Race Track.
 

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