Welcome to Del Mar
A slice of a quintessential beach lifestyle.
Nested outside of San Diego, Del Mar is a charming beach town with a lot to offer. Here, you can enjoy the benefits of small-town living with the conveniences of the big city nearby. Perched on the Pacific Ocean, Del Mar is a town with a rich history. In 1882, a New Yorker by the name of Theodore Loop built a railroad connecting Los Angeles to San Diego.
The natural beauty of the land attracted both Mr. Loop and Mr. Jacob Shell Taylor, who purchased 338.11 acres in 1885 and began building the resort town known today as Del Mar. The town continued to thrive, eventually becoming a highly sought-after getaway for Hollywood’s elite. Many residents own their homes, and various architectural styles can be found here, including contemporary, Tudor, and modern properties.
What to Love
- Highly-rated public schools
- Taking a morning stroll along Torrey Pines State Beach
- Del Mar Fairgrounds, with world-renowned Del Mar Fair and world-class horse shows
- Friendly, small-town community
- Chic, casual sophistication both on and off the sand
People & Lifestyle
A quaint and sophisticated village, Del Mar reflects a European charm. The atmosphere can be best described as laid-back and peaceful—it’s the type of place where you know your neighbors and people greet each other in passing. Located only 20 miles north of San Diego, Del Mar couldn’t be in a more ideal location.
Del Mar particularly attracts families and retirees, although residents from all walks of life call this beautiful seaside town home. Working professionals commuting to San Diego also enjoy its slower pace of life.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Del Mar is filled with a plethora of restaurants offering culinary experiences you won’t want to miss. Enjoy world-class seafood, steak, and pasta at Pacifica Del Mar
while taking in stunning ocean views. Head over to Jake's
for a special night out or stop by for Sunday brunch. Here, you can find inspired American cuisine with scenic views. Experience mouthwateringly authentic Italian food at Il Fornaio
. Indulge in fresh California cuisine at Sbicca
, which has been a part of the Del Mar community for over 20 years. If you’re ready to shop ‘til you drop, head over to the Del Mar Plaza
to browse its large assortment of local boutiques and designer stores.
Things to Do
It might be a small town, but Del Mar has an abundance of things to do. The annual Summer Twilight Concert Series
at Powerhouse Park draws both locals and visitors. Head to the Del Mar Turf Club
to watch thoroughbred horse racing—a tradition in this seaside community. Since 1937, fans have flocked here each summer to be a part of this long-standing horse racing experience. Enjoy everything the Del Mar Fair
has to offer, from cotton candy to carnival rides. Catch the waves with Polly and her pals at the Del Mar BodySurfing Club
and fully embrace the Southern California lifestyle. Take advantage of hiking at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
or soak up the sunshine at Seagrove Park
. With plenty to do here, it’s hard to imagine ever being bored!
Del Mar is home to several excellent schools. Top educational opportunities include:
- Del Mar Heights Elementary School, K-6
- Del Mar Hills Elementary School, K-6
- Winston School, 6-12
- Cal Coast Academy, 6-12