Del Mar

An upscale seaside village with boutiques, golf, beaches, and European charm, and known for its annual horse races.

Welcome to Del Mar

At only two square miles, Del Mar is renowned as a beautiful coastal town only 20 minutes north of San Diego. With plenty of activities, gorgeous beaches, and a variety of home styles, this is a sought-after, coastal hideaway.
Del Mar has a long Hollywood history, with bygone stars like Jimmy Durante, Bing Crosby, Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball as some of the town’s more famous residents. Summers in Del Mar are full of events. The popular Del Mar Fairgrounds is home to the Del Mar Races, which operate from late July through early September, and again in November through December, and the Del Mar Fair, which is San Diego’s oldest event and hosts over 1.4 million visitors annually. The historic and charming Del Mar Village and Plaza boast high end boutiques and shops as well as many cafes with ocean views and beach style hotels. In September is the annual Taste of Del Mar, a celebration that includes local artists, restaurants, a free art walk, and live music.
The L’Auberge Hotel & Spa is in the heart of Del Mar, settled on five acres that overlook Del Mar beach. Its spa offers luxury amenities and a location near beaches, shops and restaurants. The luxurious Fairmont Grand Hotel Del Mar is just a short drive away and offers an exclusive 18-hole golf course, spa, and Southern California’s only Five Star and Five Diamond restaurant.
Naturally, Del Mar is all about the beaches, and wherever you live, you are just a few minutes from the ocean. The River Mouth, also known as Dog Beach, is dog friendly, while north Del Mar City Beach is what many believe to be one of San Diego’s most incredible beaches. Joggers and walkers often prefer south Del Mar City Beach, which is considered more private and expansive. Homeowners in Del Mar also have access to several other parks in the area, offering everything from concerts to dog-friendly areas, with Seagrove Park and Powerhouse Park as popular choices. To top it off, two miles south is Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, offering thousands of acres of pristine nature to explore, boasting incredible ocean views and iconic cliffsides.
Here's a list of top places to visit, restaurants to try, and a 3-day weekend itinerary for Del Mar, CA:

Top 10 Places to Visit in Del Mar, CA:

  1. Del Mar Beach: Relax on the sandy shoreline, swim in the ocean, and enjoy picturesque coastal views.
  2. Del Mar Racetrack: Experience live horse racing and the Del Mar Fairgrounds during the summer season at this historic track.
  3. Del Mar Village: Stroll through the charming downtown area with boutique shops, restaurants, and cafes.
  4. Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve: Choose from one of Del Mar’s 15 hiking trails, explore the unique landscape of the nature reserve, and take in the panoramic ocean views from high up on the bluffs.
  5. Del Mar Fairgrounds: Attend year round events, concerts, and the annual San Diego County Fair at this popular venue.
  6. Powerhouse Park & Seagrove Park: Enjoy a scenic park with ocean views, picnic areas, gazebos, and a children's playground.
  7. Del Mar Plaza: Shop for upscale fashion, dine at top restaurants, and enjoy ocean-view balconies.
  8. One Paseo: Visit this lively and sophisticated destination for shopping, dining, and leisure, featuring a carefully curated blend of top stores and restaurants.
  9. San Diego Polo Club: Check out a polo match or special event at this equestrian venue.
  10. Torrey Pines Golf Course: Golf enthusiasts can play a round at the scenic Torrey Pines Golf Course, known for its breathtaking views.

Top 10 Restaurants to Try in Del Mar, CA:

  1. Jake's Del Mar: Savor seafood, steaks, and Californian cuisine with oceanfront dining.
  2. Pacifica Del Mar: Enjoy fresh seafood, creative cocktails, and panoramic views of the coastline.
  3. Stratford Court Cafe: Quaint cafe in a historic house, boasting a deck and serving breakfast, sandwiches, and coffee drinks.
  4. Shimbashi Izakaya: Diverse menu of sushi, sashimi, and traditional Japanese dishes in a cozy setting.
  5. Sbicca: Dine in a cozy setting and enjoy farm-to-table cuisine with a Mediterranean influence.
  6. Adelaide Restaurant: Elevated approach to coastal California dining that is both ocean-forward and rooted in the earth with ocean views. 
  7. Salt & Straw: Artisanal ice cream shop known for its inventive and locally inspired flavors, offering a unique ice cream experience.
  8. Del Mar Rendezvous: Explore Chinese cuisine with an extensive menu of dishes and craft beers.
  9. Parakeet Cafe: Serving breakfast, brunch, lunch, and coffee with an emphasis on fresh, organic ingredients.
  10. The Poseidon Restaurant: Enjoy seafood and classic American dishes with ocean views.

3-Day Weekend Itinerary for a Visitor to Del Mar, CA:

Day 1: Beach and Village Exploration
  • Morning: Relax and go for a stroll down Del Mar Beach.
  • Lunch: Dine at Jake's Del Mar for seafood with oceanfront views.
  • Afternoon: Explore Del Mar Village, boutique shops, and cafes.
  • Dinner: Enjoy fresh seafood with a view at Pacifica Del Mar.
Day 2: Outdoor Adventures
  • Morning: Hike at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, take in the stunning views.
  • Lunch: Have brunch at Stratford Court Cafe with locally-sourced ingredients.
  • Afternoon: Visit Del Mar Fairgrounds for events or the Del Mar Bluffs for ocean views.
  • Dinner: Experience farm-to-table dining at Sbicca.
Day 3: Entertainment and Relaxation
  • Morning: Attend a live horse race at Del Mar Racetrack during the season.
  • Lunch: Enjoy Mexican food and outdoor dining at Tamarindo. 
  • Afternoon: Relax at Powerhouse Park or Seagrove Park.
  • Dinner: Try Japanese cuisine at Shimbashi Izakaya, and finish with gelato from An's Hatmakers.
This itinerary offers a mix of beach relaxation, outdoor activities, shopping, dining experiences, and entertainment for a memorable weekend in Del Mar, California. Please reach out to Neda Nourani & Associates for more local information and recommendations. 
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