Since the legendary days of Hollywood’s golden years, Del Mar has been the destination of choice for many a movie star as well as those with a taste for fast horses, beautiful beaches and award-winning cuisine.
Along with the Del Mar Fairgrounds, home to the Del Mar Races and San Diego County Fair, the historic and charming Del Mar Village offers a variety of unique shops, renowned restaurants, and luxury and beach-style hotels, many with spectacular views of the Del Mar beaches below. Saturday's farmers' market is also a great place to pick up the freshest and finest produce, flowers and seafood the region has to offer.
Although not technically within the city limits of Del Mar, this stunningly beautiful property makes the short drive inland worthwhile. The Fairmont Grand Del Mar, one of the few AAA Five Diamond properties in San Diego, features 249 luxury rooms, a championship 18-hole golf course, award-winning spa and Southern California's only Five-Star and Five Diamond restaurant.
Located right across the street from the Del Mar Fairgrounds, the 257-room Hilton San Diego - Del Mar is especially popular during the Del Mar Races and San Diego County Fair.
Located in the Fairmont Grand Del Mar, Addison is San Diego's only AAA Five Diamond and Mobil Five Star rated restaurant. Chef William Bradley combines fresh, local ingredients with classic French techniques, paired with an award-winning wine selection housed in a floor-to-ceiling custom glass-walled wine room nestled in the main dining room.
Located in the San Diego Marriott Del Mar, Arterra features a new spin on classic dishes in a stylish and modern setting.
In the luxurious L'Auberge Del Mar, Kitchen 1540 features an innovative menu highlighting Modern American cuisine in a lovely setting with alfresco cabana dining as well. Hand-grown microgreens from the restaurant's hydroponic garden are used in the meals and cocktails.
A favorite location due to its proximity to the ocean and spectacular view overlooking the Del Mar Fairgrounds, the Brigantine Del Mar specializes in fresh seafood. During Taco Tuesday, locals pack the house for fish, calamari, chicken, carne asada or carnitas tacos all day.
Dating back to the 1880s, Del Mar's old world charm is reflected in the quaint half-timbered Tudor-style architecture. The Village of Del Mar, located between 9th and 15th streets, contains a variety of specialty boutiques and bistro-style patio dining.
Located at the intersection of Del Mar Heights Road and El Camino Real in the heart of Carmel Valley, the two-level, open-air Del Mar Highlands Town Center boasts over 70 specialty shops, plus Cinépolis Luxury Cinemas and restaurants such as Searsucker and Snooze, interspersed amidst outdoor plazas dotted with comfortable seating, fountains and a fire pit.
Overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the Del Mar Plaza offers an upscale shopping experience for those with impeccable taste for fashion and food. Enjoy fine dining or strolling through unique galleries. The plaza has an elegant atmosphere with its fountains, sculptures and palazzo-style terraces offering spectacular views of the Pacific.
Del Mar is known for its beautiful beaches: The River Mouth (or Dog Beach) is broad, wide and dog-friendly; north Del Mar City Beach is considered to be one of San Diego's finest; and south Del Mar City Beach is long, cliff-lined and isolated, perfect for long walks or jogs.
The only Tom Fazio-designed course is San Diego is The Grand Golf Club at the Fairmont Grand Del Mar. The par 71 course with over 7,000 yards of greens is strategically nestled in Del Mar's meadows, hillsides and valleys. The course showcases Fazio's unique style of bunker use with many deceptive bunkers hiding in the rolling hills.
Drive down the coastline on Historic Highway 101 from laid-back Oceanside to luxurious La Jolla enjoying the diverse and vibrant coastal communities along the way that capture the true essence of a Southern California beach vacation.
Rise above it all, floating up to 3,000 feet on a clear day, and drift through the clouds in a hot air balloon ride while sipping champagne and enjoying panoramic views. Due to favorable wind conditions and unique geography, Del Mar is among the few places in the world where a balloon can fly both at sunrise and sunset.
Spanning over 4,000 acres, Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve's natural beauty, rich natural resources and historical adobes make it a popular location for hiking and cycling. The protected preserve is also a great location for wildlife viewing, containing over 175 bird species, 500 plant varietals and rare reptiles, amphibians and mammals who reside within the canyon.
Del Mar is known both nationally and internationally for the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club and its premier horse racing track. Each year from late July through early September and in November, visitors from around the world gather at the seaside racetrack - founded and popularized by Hollywood legend Bing Crosby - to wager on their favorite horses.
The Del Mar Fairgrounds, site of the Del Mar Racetrack, offers a program of ongoing attractions throughout the year, the highlight of which is the San Diego County Fair, occurring from mid-June through early July. The San Diego Fair is San Diego's oldest annual event and the sixth largest fair in the United States, drawing more than 1.4 million visitors annually. It features thrilling carnival rides, animals, woodworking and floral exhibits, a variety of concessions, top-line grandstand performers and an atmosphere that is uniquely Southern Californian.
Each September, Del Mar hosts the annual Taste of Del Mar. This celebration of local artists and restaurants includes a free art walk with live music, an interactive art area for children and a pet parade. Culinary creations from area restaurants and selections from California wineries and San Diego breweries are also available with a purchased ticket.
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