Del Mar

Del Mar

Upscale beach town with old-world charm.

Welcome to Del Mar

Del Mar is a striking seaside city located in San Diego County with natural beauty and a luxurious ambiance that seamlessly combines the old with the new. Spanish for “of the sea” or “by the sea,” Del Mar is nestled next to the Pacific Ocean and Historic Highway 101, complete with stunning views of the water from over two miles of sandy beaches, coastal parks, cliffs, and 19 trails. Known for its high-end living, you’ll find lavish Tudor and Spanish-style homes with gorgeous views and balconies to enjoy the incredible year-round weather. Just a 20-minute drive from San Diego, it is a quaint and wonderful place to call home because of all the exciting things to do both outdoors and indoors within the city limits, as well as its close proximity to other popular California destinations. 

What to Love

  • Breathtaking waterside views
  • Small-town village feel 
  • Excellent schools 
  • Exciting daily and annual events

People & Lifestyle

The best of both worlds, Del Mar is an enticing mix of urban and suburban living. In this laid-back and upscale community, most people—whether it’s retirees, families, or young couples—own their homes. From golfing and hiking to a day at the beach or racetrack, the community is a relaxed yet active one. This charming and quaint town is considered very peaceful and has excellent schools.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

From casual to fine dining, Del Mar has endless, delicious options for a good meal. Jake’s Del Mar is one of Del Mar’s most well-known and popular dining experiences because of its unmatched location right on the sand, its eclectic and sustainable American dishes, and its floor-to-ceiling windows that offer sweeping views of the beach and Pacific Ocean. The Brigantine is an oyster and seafood bar with a lively atmosphere and friendly, professional staff. Their fish tacos are award-winning and their marinated grilled swordfish is their best-selling item for a reason. A longtime Del Mar favorite, Poseidon is where the definition of “surf meets turf” is truly embodied. Enjoy fresh, mouthwatering seafood, meats, produce, and pasta right next to the ocean. There’s even a patio on the sand! The sophisticated Pacifica Del Mar is a Del Mar gem that has an excellent selection of wines and vodka, upscale and delicious fare (try the risotto and salmon), as well as spectacular sunset views.

Powerhouse Park

For some of the best shopping on the coast, swing by the charming Del Mar Village, characterized by one-of-a-kind shops and renowned restaurants. Saturday's farmers' market is a favorite local spot to pick up fresh produce, flowers, and food.

Del Mar

Things to Do

In Del Mar, the community prides itself on incredible local events with big personality, attracting people from all over California and the world. Del Mar Race Track, one of the biggest horse racing venues in the country, is a legendary and world-renowned racetrack that holds the finest horse racing every year since 1937 when founder Bing Crosby welcomed the track’s first guests. San Diego County Fair comes to town every summer and is San Diego's oldest annual event. The sixth-largest fair in the United States welcomes more than 1.4 million visitors annually to experience carnival rides, delicious food, woodworking and floral exhibits, and exciting performers. One of the best food and drink events around is the Del Mar Summer Solstice, held on the third Thursday of June. Enjoy live music, cuisine from local eateries, and booths from California’s best wineries, breweries, and distilleries.

​​​​​​​Every day of the year, you can visit Del Mar “Dog Beach”, a locally-adored beach north of 29th Street that is dog-friendly with lots of room to run and play. It’s the perfect place for a picnic with the family or a day of solo relaxation. Looking for a staycation? Del Mar is known for the L’Auberge Del Mar luxury resort and its iconic Opening Day After Party


Del Mar’s public school district, Del Mar Union Elementary School District, has several highly-rated schools and educational facilities of note, including but not limited to: 

  • Del Mar Heights Elementary, Public, K-6
  • Del Mar Hills Elementary School, Public, K-6
  • Winston School, Private, 4-12

Del Mar Thoroughbred Club

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