A surfer’s paradise, conveniently located just outside of San Diego
Del Mar is one of the better-known residential areas nestled along the North San Diego County coast. Located only 20 miles north of San Diego, Del Mar is unique in offering a vibrant small-town atmosphere, a natural playground located along the Pacific Ocean, and a casually-upscale vibe.
First renowned during the golden era of film and television, Del Mar was the retreat for Hollywood’s biggest movie stars who came to enjoy its laid-back ambiance, gorgeous beaches, and thoroughbred horse racing. Today, the historic Del Mar Village attracts residents and visitors from across the globe seeking peace, breathtaking sunsets, fantastic cliff-side hiking, and award-winning cuisine with spectacular ocean views.
It’s no shock that Del Mar is Spanish for “by the sea” since the Pacific Ocean is easily the most picturesque part of this coastal town.
Del Mar offers an idyllic Southern California lifestyle with beautiful views and a very pleasant coastal climate all year round. The neighborhood is full of established citizens who love utilizing the well-kept parks and beaches and taking advantage of the surf, sand, and multiple city walking trails and golf courses. Del Mar is a popular golf community, and many of the residents are avid golfers and surfers while also enjoying walking, running, and cycling.
Del Mar has a wide variety of places to eat and drink. Monarch Ocean Pub is a casual restaurant serving up delicious lobster rolls and other gastropub favorites, and Beehive Balcony is known for Mediterranean cuisine.
Viewpoint Brewing is a fantastically situated bar and grill with gorgeous views and excellent food. Jake’s is the place to go for high-end lunch and dinner alongside sweeping ocean views and upscale design. Pamplemousse is a chic French restaurant that is sure to delight your taste buds on a date night, but the crown jewel of the area for fine dining and stay-cations is L’Auberge Hotel & Spa.
Golf is a hugely popular activity here, and Del Mar is the home to the infamous Torrey Pines Golf Course, which hosted the 2008 and 2021 U.S. Open. Torrey Pines State Reserve is an extremely well-known outdoor area known for hiking, camping, and strolling along the coast. Powerhouse Park is another great place to be outside and soak in the SoCal sunshine.
Del Mar has many local events, such as Summer Solstice in June, Twilight Summer Concerts from June-September, Taste of Del Mar in September, Santa by the Sea in December, a weekly Farmers Market, and much more! The neighborhood is also home to the renowned Del Mar Racetrack, which hosts thoroughbred horse racing events during the summer and fall seasons. The town is also home to the Del Mar Fairgrounds that host the hugely popular San Diego County Fair and many other concerts throughout the year. Last but not least, your four-legged furry companions will flip out over the dog beaches in town: a local favorite past-time!
Del Mar is part of the Del Mar Elementary District and the top-rated San Dieguito Union High School District and home to a highly-ranked public high school: Canyon Crest Academy.