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About Del Mar
Del Mar is a city in San Diego County, California, United States. The population was 4,389 at the 2000 census. The San Diego County Fair is hosted on the Del Mar Fairgrounds every summer. Del Mar is Spanish for “of the sea” or “by the sea”, because it is located near the Pacific Ocean. Colonel Jacob Taylor purchased 338 acres from Enoch Talbert in 1885, with visions of building a seaside resort for the rich and famous.
Del Mar is truly a gem on San Diego’s north coast. The climate is ideal all year long, with the average temperature hovering between 65 and 78 degrees. The sunniest months are November through March; the warmest months are July through October.
Breathtaking canyons interspersed with hillsides of homes, Del Mar is two square miles of coastal land best known for its fairgrounds and Del Mar Thoroughbred Club “where the surf meets the turf.” A colorful history filled with excitement, pleasure and even a song was created by Bing Crosby and friends such as Jimmy Durante who turned the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club into one of the most beautiful and prestigious organizations in the United States, if not the entire racing world.
If you are looking for a place to stay while visiting the races, try the L’Auberge Del Mar Resort, the Del Mar hotels at bottom of the page, or stay next door at the Solana Beach Courtyard by Marriott. You can take the Amtrak train or Coaster to Solana Beach (the closest stop to the track) and from there, board the free, double decker bus that takes you over to the track. You can miss the bright, red British bus but if you don’t see it, just ask one of the nice people around the station.
Two beautiful beaches, the famous Torrey Pines State Reserve, sunny weather, an annual fair and the famous Del Mar Racetrack attract visitors who come to enjoy sports and recreation near the ocean. Located in San Diego County 20 miles north of the City of San Diego, Del Mar is bordered on the south by Torrey Pines State Reserve, on the north by the San Dieguito River, Del Mar Racetrack and San Diego County Fairgrounds, and on the west by the Pacific Ocean. East of Del Mar is the I-5 freeway and a new community, Carmel Valley.
For fans of Carmel-by-the-Sea on the central California coast, this is the warmer, southern version. Art galleries, fantastic ocean views and winding streets supply a feel of an upscale community with character and charm. Seagrove Park, James Scripps Bluffs Preserve, Torrey Pines State Reserve and Beach and nearby Torrey Pines Public Golf Course provide some fantastic outdoor activities and opportunities to enjoy Pacific Ocean views Del Mar is known for.
Del Mar was named in the late 1800’s by Ella Loop. She and husband, Theodore, owned a tent city by the beach which was also called Del Mar, Spanish for “by the sea”. Theodore, worked as a contractor and engineer for the California Southern Railroad which arrived in Del Mar in 1882.
Theodore Loop next formed a partnership with Jacob Taylor to sell 50 x 140 foot lots. Their marketing created some traffic and interest which helped launch South Coast Land Company’s resort with the centerpiece Stratford Inn. Receiving electricity from San Diego Gas and Electric in the late 1920s, residential areas began taking shape and the area experienced its boom. In 1959 Del Mar residents decided to incorporate as a city with a five-member City Council rather than become part of the City of San Diego.
Within the Del Mar city limits, a quaint historical village dating back to the 1800s serves as a backdrop to a small seaside resort first made famous in the 1930s by racehorse aficionados form Hollywood.
Today Carmel Valley is an important part of the greater Del Mar community, which is one of Southern California’s prized destinations. Known nationally for its premier race track and thoroughbred horse meet and gamed throughout California for the “San Diego County Fair,” Del Mar is fast becoming a popular resort destination. It is also a delightful residential community with a long history, which began with the railroad.
According to estimates by the San Diego Association of Governments, the median household income of Del Mar in 2005 was $108,348 (not adjusted for inflation). When adjusted for inflation (1999 dollars; comparable to Census data above), the median household income was $87,982.
In the state legislature Del Mar is located in the 39th Senate District, represented by Democrat Christine Kehoe, and in the 74th Assembly District, represented by Republican Martin Garrick. Federally, Del Mar is located in California’s 50th congressional district, which has a Cook PVI of R +5 and is represented by Republican Brian Bilbray.
Information and things to do:
Beach access is free to the public with public rest rooms located behind 17th Street and 25th Street lifeguard towers. Not permitted are: glass objects, fires, surf/jet ski launching or vehicles on the beach. For updates, check the city web site at
Torrey Pines State Reserve N. Torrey Pines Road 1700 acre natural habitat to the Torrey pine tree. Parking fee, museum, no camping
Del Mar Fairgrounds is located 20 miles north of downtown San Diego, at 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd. in the city of Del Mar, California. 24/hr Info Line: (858) 793-5555 Del Mar Thoroughbred Club online at Bing Crosby collected the first ticket from the very first customer to enter the grounds on opening day in 1937. Since then it has become one of the worlds most famous race tracks. The grounds that surround the track itself are the home of the Del Mar Fair. The fair is usually the event right before racing season begins. From mid June through mid September there is quite a bit going on at the fair grounds
Shop at The Del Mar Plaza located on Camino del Mar provides an uncommon collection of shops, galleries, boutiques and spectacular ocean view dining. Three levels of jewelry, fashion, gifts, home accessories, bookstores, fine dining and a gourmet market. Open 7 days a week, restaurants have extended hours.
Dog Rules: Dogs are allowed on 6 foot leash October through May between 17th Street and 29th Street beaches but are prohibited June through September. Between of 29th Street and northern City limits – dogs are allowed on 6 foot leash June – September and without leash October through May (but under immediate voice command/control of owner or keeper). South of 17th Street – dogs are allowed on 6 foot leash all the time. Owners/Keepers must clean up after their dogs. Dog waste dispensers available at most beaches.
Dog Beach – Del Mar
A nice, low key spit of sand to let your dog roam in lovely Del Mar, but with limitations: the off-leash designated is seasonal only, so bring your dog without its leash only from September to June. Parking is also at a premium, and parking tickets flow freely in Del Mar. Camino del Mar, Del Mar.
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