Back doors that step down onto the sand. Great rooms that provide panoramic views of the Pacific. Giant Torrey Pines that sway in the ocean breeze. Welcome to Del Mar, an upscale beach town with every luxury you can imagine. From grassy parks and playgrounds overlooking the water at Powerhouse Park to the exhilarating thrill of summertime horse races at the Del Mar fairgrounds; from the casual elegance of oceanfront L’Auberge Hotel to the California Modern tastes of award-winning Market Restaurant, this little town of just over 4,000 has everything to impress even the largest of luminaries.
One of Del Mar’s most attractive attributes is the Del Mar Beach colony which features some of San Diego’s most coveted homes with backyards that double as beaches. A coastal rarity, these “walk-out-on-the-sand” homes are some of North County’s most architecturally unique and conveniently located gems. Each of them offers nearly every modern convenience and comfort one could imagine including warm sand just steps away. Del Mar’s beaches are kept in pristine condition throughout the year, offer snack shops, volleyball courts, and restrooms, and are regularly monitored by lifeguards. Pods of dolphins can also be spotted in the spring and summer months right along the Del Mar coast.
One of the most prestigious golf courses in the country sits atop the cliffs just south of Del Mar: Torrey Pines. You can routinely spot hang gliders gracefully navigating the ocean breezes around these areas, and hot air balloons often dot the horizon.
Each summer, the Del Mar Fair attracts nearly 1.3 million guests. It is the 6th largest fair the U.S. and combines carnival games, petting zoos, and live concerts that bring out the kid in everyone. Expect a parking nightmare, however, so be sure to arrive early!
Amidst all the glitz and glitter, Del Mar’s quaint little downtown makes it a place that feels like home. With Starbucks, Bruegger’s Bagels, Board and Brew Specialty Sandwiches, and Pacifica Del Mar all within walking distance, plus shops like Banana Republic and boutique arts and craft shops, this little beach town with a big name just might be right for you.