Del Mar is a vibrant seaside village, located along the coast, attracts people from around the globe. It first gained notoriety as a haven for celebrities during Hollywood’s golden era. Pristine beaches, stunning landscapes, ocean views and peaceful atmosphere continue to captivate residents and visitors alike.
Nestled between I-5 and the Pacific Ocean, boutique hotels, restaurants and beaches are conveniently close without feeling crowded. Explore the village on foot or rent a bicycle and cruise along the shore or to the fairgrounds and racetrack.
Whether you prefer big-name hotel chains, luxurious boutique accommodations or a charming bed and breakfast, there is a wide variety of lodging to choose from. Posh resorts offer wellness spas and in-room dining. Upscale chic vies with beachy casual for a sophisticated atmosphere.
L'Auberge Del Mar Resort and Spa has distinctive amenities, ocean views and one bedroom suites that reflect the well-storied and rich history of the area. Enjoy a poolside cocktail while listening to the surf while you stay in one-of-a-kind, artistic rooms.
Municipal and resort courses abound in Del Mar. Using the unique topographic and environmental conditions and featuring a range of terrain, there are challenges for golfers of all skill levels. Take a lesson or practice on the driving range while enjoying the ocean breezes.
The Del Mar Thoroughbred Club has been attracting enthusiasts of the sport since Bing Crosby greeted the first fan in 1937, establishing itself as a playground for the rich and famous. Since then, dynasties have been built and fallen. Thoroughbred horses and their jockeys have made their names here, and the thrill continues during the Summer and Fall racing season, culminating in the November Breeder’s Cup each year.
Sidecar Doughnuts and Coffee in Carmel Valley
From celebrity chefs in chic dining rooms to mom and pop beachfront cafes and everything in between Del Mar’s dining scene offers sustainable products, eclectic flavors and farm-to-table menus. Experience brunch at its finest on a covered patio with live music or happy hour watching a stunning sunset.
The farmer’s market attracts area residents and visitors with its seasonal fruits and vegetables, herbs, locally made products and fresh-caught seafood. Pick up your favorites and prepare a quiet meal for two or bring your appetite and sample everything from baked goods to international cuisine.
Health and Wellness
Relax and rejuvenate with a massage, facial or other body treatment. Spa services are offered within area resorts, handcrafted bungalows and nearby salons. Med spas cater to the medical tourism industry, offering beauty and wellness procedures, surgical and non-surgical.
Three Hot Air Ballons Over Carmel Valley
Del Mar’s North Beach is also affectionately known as Dog Beach is one of several dog-friendly locations in Del Mar, stretching a half-mile from the mouth of the San Dieguito River along a coastal bluff.
Scripps Bluff Preserve’s steep climb up a wooden staircase from North Beach provides a 360-degree view of the inland lagoons and coastline. Not only do you get an unparalleled view of the setting sun, but also of the hot air balloons at certain times of the year.
Powerhouse Park at Del Mar City Beach features a tot lot, with playground equipment children can climb on, slide down and swing. Grassy knolls and picnic tables overlook the beach, making it perfect for a casual meal. Bask in the sun, take a dip in the Pacific Ocean and enjoy the slower SoCal pace.
Del Mar Plaza features specialty shopping, art galleries and award-winning restaurants in an open-air design. Fountains, sculptures and mixed medium architecture provide an elegant atmosphere with a European influence. The upper deck overlooks the ocean, while the back deck has a garden, open to the public.
The Del Mar Fairgrounds host events throughout the year, from the County Fair during the summer, an expansive haunted house in October for Halloween and National Horse Show each Spring. Concerts and live events provide entertainment for the entire family.