Welcome to Del Mar
A quiet and serene seaside village
Del Mar was first established in 1885 as a bustling seaside resort, renowned during the golden era of movies as the Hollywood hotspot. People enjoy the warm and welcoming feeling of Del Mar. It is a vibrant beach town in San Diego County with picturesque beaches along the coast of the Pacific Ocean and was incorporated as a city in 1959. Voted number one for the best suburb to raise a family in San Diego County, Del Mar is a friendly and walkable area. It’s widely known as “the place where the surf meets the turf.”
The city is mostly residential with a bustling blend of outdoor shops. The restaurant and shopping options allow residents to have everything they need without driving very far. Del Mar Plaza and the world-renowned Del Mar Thoroughbred Club are close to downtown and provide substantial outdoor activities to keep everyone in the family happy and active.
What to Love
- Quiet and clean with amazing views
- Crest Canyon Hiking
- 20 minutes from San Diego and La Jolla
- Luxury shopping and dining
Del Mar has everything you need –– that quaint small-town feel with an active calendar of events throughout the year bringing residents and families together. Two miles of scenic beach and walkable residential streets are lined with luxury boutiques and restaurants. Friends and family can hang out at local shops or enjoy spending their time at the three outdoor parks scattered throughout the town. Del Mar is a picturesque town full of beauty and fun.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Del Mar residents have plenty of options to explore without leaving their city. The Del Mar Plaza, Del Mar Shopping Center, and Flower Hill Promenade have national brands and large stores blended with local eateries and small boutiques. Of course, being a beachfront town, there is also Beachside Del Mar Shopping mall which offers all the same commodities beachside.
Good food is easy to come by in Del Mar. If you are looking for an American bistro with a relaxed vibe and a rooftop terrace, check out Sbicca. Pacifica Del Mar is an upscale spot offering seafood, steak, and pasta with an amazing ocean view.
Beeside Balcony has Mediterranean and Californian-inspired dishes served in a coastal-chic space with outdoor seating. We all love a good pizza and Del Mar does not hold back with Zel’s Del Mar, a chic American bistro with an outdoor fire pit and amazing pizza.
For those hoping to experience a variety, En Fuego Cantina and Grill is a popular Mexican restaurant known for its creative margaritas and authentic Mexican food.
Del Mar is also known for its small and unique boutiques. For some great fashion shopping, check out Joni and Susi’s and The Frustrated Cowboy, both offering the best in the world of clothing boutiques.
Things to do
Del Mar has a calendar full of fun events every year. The Del Mar Foundation puts on the Summer Solstice every year, bringing in tastes from local restaurants, California wineries, live music, and much more. They welcome our four-legged friends by holding the Del Mar Dog Surfing Contest and the Halloween Pet Parade every year. If that is not enough, the Del Mar Fair is sure to bring in rides, fun, and excitement every year.
Del Mar is most famous for the Del Mar Thoroughbred horse racing track which hosts major racing events with stadium seating and trackside dining.
Del Mar is served by the Del Mar Unified School District (DMUSD), including: