Del Mar Beaches: A Horseshoe's Throw from Thoroughbred Racing

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Del Mar Beaches and city cover barely two square miles and yet this is arguably one of the best all-around beach locations in San Diego County.

Of course it’s also home to thoroughbred racing at the famous Del Mar Race Track and Del Mar Fairgrounds, site of the San Diego County Fair.

The town has almost 30 restaurants, many with outdoor dining overlooking the ocean, and its Powerhouse Community Center (built in an old generating station that once powered the city) and adjoining Seagrove Park are the hub of community life.

Visitors can choose from a range of hotels including the just-opened Grand Del Mar, San Diego County’s newest luxury resort.

Del Mar is easily walkable, especially its compact downtown shopping area anchored by hard-to-miss local architectural icon, the Tudor-style Stratford Square.

Photo opportunity:Stroll along the beach in the early morning in the early morning to catch trainers walking their thoroughbreds along the sand.

Just south of the city, visitors can enjoy San Diego's La Jolla community, with the beautiful La Jolla Cove, Scripps Institution of Oceanography and Birch Aquarium.

Also in La Jolla you'll find Torrey Pines State Reserve and Torrey Pines State Beach.


Del Mar is a twenty-minute drive from downtown San Diego along Interstate 5. It is accessible by air via San Diego International Airport or by train via Amtrak or the local commuter service, the Coaster. The nearest train station is in Solana Beach, next-door to Del Mar, and a short taxi drive away.


Visiting Del Mar City Beach, River Mouth Beach, Seagrove Park, or Torrey Pines State Beach? We've got details at our

Del Mar beach page.


No public camping is available at Del Mar.

Come back soon! We'll be adding more dining, activities and accommodation news.

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