Del Mar is a beach city in San Diego County, California. Del Mar is Spanish for "of the sea" or "by the sea," which reflects its location on the coast of the Pacific Ocean. The Del Mar Horse Races are hosted on the Del Mar racetrack every summer. In 1885, Colonel Jacob Taylor purchased 338 acres (1.37 km) from Enoch Talbert, with visions of building a seaside resort for the rich and famous. The United States Navy operated a Naval Auxiliary Air Facility for blimps at Del Mar during World War II. The population was estimated at 4,311 in 2014, up from 4,161 at the 2010 census.
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4.5 based on 387 reviews
A popular beach in the San Diego area for sunbathing and surfing.
Technically, the City of Del Mar says it has 2 adjacent beaches (Sea Grove and Power House) and one further beach (Dog park) so .... Del Mar City Beach is a blending of the first two. But, okay, it is a fine stretch of beach with restrooms, benches, grass, play equipment for kiddies, train tracks near by, and the amenities of the town right there.
Del Mar also has a full service permanent lifeguard facility on the beach (comforting info). This is a popular place for locals and visitors. We stayed locally so parking was not an issue nor was it a concern.
4.5 based on 158 reviews
One of the best beaches to go to in San Diego. Very quiet and nice beach with a lot of families from the area. It has a nice park on the top for picnic.
5 based on 440 reviews
The gardens occupy a significant chunk of prime ocean-vieweing real estate in Encinitas. I thought the gardens were nice, perhaps a bit too groomed - a spiritual center, I'd expect them to work more WITH Nature, rather than working nature. It has also ocurred to me to what extent they rely on the labor of unpaid volunteers (as the majority of India-inspired spiritual organizations in this country) as opposed to paying gardeners for garden upkeep. I later realized that the Self Realization Fellowship is quite a presence in town, with bakeries, restaurants etc. I wonder if they've inspired the countless yoga studios, wellness centers etc.
4.5 based on 58 reviews
When he was still living, the Rockett brought me here to absorb the San Diego County wonder called San Elijo (not Sal Elijo). Thanks kindly Rockett. He wasn't fooling,what a beautiful place!
First, what a wonderful, hilly area for a nature preserve! The trails were well kept. I simply could not understand why or how we only passed two other Hikers, during the 4 hours we were there! Coastal California only has so many regional, or lagoon parks, where one can observe scenery akin to undisturbed Coastal watersheds. THIS IS ONE SUCH SITE!!!
The trails have benches positioned along the route with wonderful scenic views. When the Rockett tired, we sat at these convenient benches as he regaled me about past events. Epic, memorable!
The one time we passed some other Hikers, they were such wonderful people: I wondered why we didn't already know them. When we were so happy to share this wonderful place with passer-byes, I bet they felt the same. I reckoned they felt the same, regardless. What a remarkable place!
After the Rockett passed, we held his "Remembrance of Life" at the San Elijo Reserve Park, nestled in the heart of this preserve. Many attended, who never previously connected, and we all felt bound by this wonderful place: all invited by the Rockett to appreciate one of his true joys,,, together. Whomever named this TripAdvisor page, is in a hurry. San means "Saint" for good reason. It, in my opinion, is sad someone needed to misspell it (as there is a Saint responsible for this preserve). I wish them well and hope they correct this page for the sake of those who remember it and those who seek it in the future.
4.5 based on 10 reviews
San Diego's most desirable spot for swimming, diving and snorkeling. The water is calm and the cove is ecologically protected. There is also a world famous dive site that is located in the La Jolla ecological preserve.
Favorite place for watching the seals and sea lions. At high tide in the evening, the sea lions will come up HIGH on the rocks, and you can literally get 10' away from them, but don't get too close! The place smells like sea lion, but that's part of the fun.
4.5 based on 237 reviews
Four-legged children running amok, sniffing butts, chasing balls, behaving reasonably well, and (hopefully) not chomping parts off other dogs. It's a free-for-all in reality and owners (hopefully, again) are responsible and bring aggressive behavior under control (and that is, unfortunately, a really big "hopefully" hope).
Dogs are a lot like people; not everyone is well mannered and not all of us abide by rules, sadly. But for visitors like us, we love to see the unabated enthusiasm of the canine set interacting with the owners and behaving more like little kids than dogs. By the way, we've been to the big park (Sea Grove Park) further up the road and seen children behaving many times more poorly than these dogs we observed. No dogs poked another with a stick and knocked them over, etc.
Another really fun past time here is watching the volley ball players in contest. Those are some pretty fine athletes! There is also a dog garden maintained by the locals and it is exceptional. This is a fine place to visit and it is across the highway from the race track.
4.5 based on 112 reviews
This is a quaint artsy place to visit with a wide variety of shops along the Coaster train route. The crosswalks are painted works of art (mostly fish themes) and the character of this district defines Solana Beach's hip, vibrant public art orientation. The district borders the landscaped walking trail and from there, cross over the bridge (there are several).
There's a fascinating shop called Solo on Cedros with a wide variety of gift items which we don't see anywhere else. Also, on Sunday the food scene at the Farmers Market is awesome! The man selling gyros and Kebobs does a great business as does the chocolate man, the Italian sauce man, and other vendors, too.
The mural on the side of the building can be seen from the street, as can be seen the signs for the design district. If you come to Solana Beach, this is a must-see place to visit.
4.5 based on 467 reviews
We visited the infamous racetrack and immediately were blown away by the employees' friendly demeanor and the sheer beauty of "where the surf meets the turf".
Coupled with the classy atmosphere we elected to sit in 2 different areas each day we attended. The shade is exceptional if you want it, and we did. Whoever was in charge of the architectural design of this track deserves a fine bourbon! They did well to factor in the location of the sun so that it is not in the patrons' eyes all day...unlike a few others around the country I've attended.
Del Mar is my new Saratoga. Both are beautiful places to visit, and now are 1-2 in my favorite racetracks....and mind you, I live in Kentucky!
4.5 based on 1 reviews
There's plenty of free parking. It's just a few minutes from Interstate-5. If you want a nude beach; the north area of the beach below the flight area is the nude beach section. It's natural to have families and couples there.
4.5 based on 189 reviews
It's hard to describe the power of the beach and the sound of the waves. The quiet mornings before it is inhabited by others is my favorite time. Yet I have to admit it has an energy with those who come to share it's beauty.
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