Del Mar also has two seaside parks — Seagrove and Powerhouse — both great for picnicking and stunning ocean views. Often referred to as “Malibu South,” the community of Del Mar features expensive real estate, luxury hotels, and high-end boutiques, trendy cafes, and restaurants (along Camino Del Mar / Highway 101). The Del Mar Fair, one of the largest county fairs in the U.S., runs from mid-June through July 4 and has carnival rides, games, entertainment, and exhibits.
Del Mar has restrooms, showers, and wheelchair accessibility. Lifeguards are stationed year-round. Paid parking is available across from Powerhouse Park or try street parking near 15th Street and Coast Boulevard (metered). You can find free street parking on 17th Street; however, like most beaches during the summer, spaces fill early. At peak times, parking is scarce and traffic backs up along Coast Route 101, but it’s not a problem if you arrive a little early in the day.
Getting There (Del Mar area map)
From the north, take I-5 south and exit at Villa de la Valle. From the south, take I-5 north to Del Mar Heights Road.
For good reason, Del Mar is one of the most
popular beach communities in San Diego County. Great beaches, fairgrounds,
horseracing, and a quaint, upscale village provide plenty of activities
for everyone. Powerhouse Park, with a full children's playground, is especially
nice for families with young kids. Beachgoers can also find
good, cheap eats at Roberto’s taco stand on Carmel Valley
Road, overlooking Los Penasquitos Lagoon.