Del Mar is served by the Award winning Del Mar Union School District, Which includes K-8 schools. High School education is provided by the outstanding San Dieguito Union High School District. Attractions in Del Mar. Del Mar racetrack, The San Diego County Fair, Torrey Pines State Beach, Powerhouse Community Center, Del Mar Antique Show, North Beach Area (29th Street to Solana Beach Border), also known as “Dog Beach”
Del Mar is a small, seaside hideaway approximately 20 minutes north of downtown San Diego. Defined by calm salt water lagoons on each end, this charming, laid back town is best known for it’s exceptional weather, world famous thoroughbred racetrack, the county fair, fabulous beaches, haute cuisine and unique shopping.
The historic downtown village dates back to the 1880s. Today it is lined with over 60 shops offering everything from high-end apparel to one-of-a-kind specialty shops. The village hosts 25 restaurants, many providing outside patios overlooking the ocean. There are cafes with sidewalk seating and award-winning dining perfect for any occasion. Visitors will find a variety of hotel accommodations.
With 2 miles of coastline and gently rolling waves, Del Mar’s famous beaches are an ideal destination for beach goers, surf combers and surfers seeking the legendary California surf. There’s even a sliver of beach for dogs. Del Mar’s primary beach also offers wheelchair access, the only beach in the country with special wheelchairs designed for sand. Whales, porpoises, sea lions and a myriad of bird life populate the shimmering coastal waters and lagoons.
Residents and visitors alike enjoy several parks. Seagrove Park and the adjoining Powerhouse Park are ideal grassy locations for a picnic or a wedding, walking a dog, for lovers catching a romantic sunset or for simply gazing at the many magical moods of a majestic Pacific. And throughout the summer there are free concerts in the park. (Please see this website calendar). Not to overlook the little ones, there is a delightful children’s playground adjacent to the Powerhouse Park, affectionately referred to as the Tot’s Lot.
The Del Mar Library is a landmark worth a visit. In 2002 two local artists, Betsy Shultz and Pat Welsh, created the mixed-media mosaic on the wall that frames the historic building which has served as a famous church for both movie stars and residents, a restaurant and other uses over the decades. The wall incorporates memorabilia and treasures from Del Mar’s history, as well as featuring terracotta birds and wildlife from the area.
At any age, at any season, Del Mar is truly a wonderful place to visit or to live.