Welcome to Del Mar
Del Mar is a charming coastal community in San Diego County with glorious beaches and captivating ocean views. Del Mar rose to prominence as a glittering seaside destination with the Del Mar Fairgrounds and Racetrack opening in the 1930s. The Fairgrounds offer a packed calendar of events, including the San Diego County Fair and the KABOO Del Mar music festival.
Del Mar’s real estate mix includes magnificent oceanfront properties and other sought-after luxury homes rising into the surrounding hillsides.
What to Love
- Del Mar Fairgrounds and Racetrack
- Magnificent oceanfront properties
- Ocean-view fine dining
- Hugely popular annual events
People & Lifestyle
Del Mar has long had a reputation as a playground for the rich and famous. Living in Del Mar means enjoying a lifestyle of coastal recreation, first-class entertainment, and ocean-view fine dining. Beautiful beaches stretch along Del Mar’s coastline, and the community is within easy reach of world-class golfing at Torrey Pines.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Del Mar is home to many fine restaurants with sweeping views over the Pacific. The luxurious L’Auberge Del Mar resort’s Adelaide restaurant features an outdoor dining deck perched above Del Mar Beach. This stylish restaurant serves delicious meals from breakfast through lunch, all crafted from locally farmed produce and sustainably sourced meats and fish. Adelaide’s exquisite meals and sublime views are perfectly accompanied by craft beers, signature cocktails, and an award-winning wine list.
Jake’s Del Mar offers grand views through floor-to-ceiling windows just steps from the sands of Del Mar Beach. The food—a menu of flawlessly executed Californian land and sea dishes—is just as good as the view. Pacifica Del Mar combines fantastic fresh seafood with mesmerizing ocean views. This sophisticated eatery has won numerous awards, including a Gold Medallion for best seafood dining in San Diego and Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence.
Things to Do
Del Mar Fairgrounds opened in 1936 and quickly attracted a glittering list of celebrities to this pretty seaside town. Many events are held at the Fairgrounds throughout the year, including the San Diego County Fair. Held each year between June and July, this is the largest county fair in the United States, with attendees numbering above 1.6 million. The fair features livestock exhibits, fairground rides, talent contests, and a huge variety of live entertainment.
Del Mar Thoroughbred Club holds a series of horse races at the Fairgrounds’ racetrack between July and September. KABOO Del Mar is a major music festival bringing big-name performers to the Del Mar Fairgrounds each September. Past headliners have included Aerosmith, Imagine Dragons, Kings of Leon, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and The Killers.
The sands of Del Mar City Beach stretch along the gorgeous Pacific coast backed by ocean bluffs. Across the lagoon entrance of the San Dieguito River from the main body of Del Mar City Beach, Del Mar North Beach is a dog-friendly stretch that offers excellent swimming and surfing.
Just south of Del Mar, Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve extends across 2,000 acres of rugged coastal scenery. Torrey Pines’ dramatic landscape includes soaring cliffs rising above Torrey Pines State Beach. The public Torrey Pines Golf Club offers 36 holes of world-class golfing atop cliffs overlooking the ocean. This spectacular course has hosted major events, including the 2008 and 2021 U.S. Open.
Del Mar operates its own elementary school district.
- Del Mar Heights Elementary, Public, K-6.
- Del Mar Hills Elementary, Public, K-6.