Del Mar California is a lovely little beach town just up the coast from San Diego in what is known as North County. La Jolla is to the south, and Solana Beach is to the north. It is well known for the race track, which draws huge crowds every summer.
This town is the smallest in San Diego County and is very walkable since it's only 2 miles square. If you park downtown, mind the signs and meters, since parking regulations are strictly enforced.
During the summer season, beware of traffic congestion when the races let out.
South Beach runs from 6th street near Torrey Pines up to the Powerhouse. This beach's southern end is narrow, and on the other side of the railroad tracks where the Coaster shoots through, there's a long, grassy park called Seagrove Park. It has benches, paths and a little playground. A bike path lines the beach as well. There is good swimming and body surfing.
Further north, starting around 15th Street, the sandy beach gets wider. At this end, you'll find all the usual beach amenities such as bathrooms, showers and a snack bar. The park here is Powerhouse Park and the historic building is the Powerhouse Community Center. From the Powerhouse up to 29th street is also known as Main Street Beach.
At the north end, past 29th Street and running to the Solana Beach border is North Beach, which includes the scenic San Dieguito River Lagoon. At this beach, people can bring their dogs year round, but the dogs must be leashed during the summer months.
This shopping area is a well designed outdoor mall with three levels. There are places to eat, upscale boutiques to shop in and it's generally a pleasant place to walk around, enjoying the ocean views.
There's also an outdoor patio with tables. You can pick up picnic foods at the Harvest Ranch Market and have yourself a picnic at the beach or Seagrove Park.
The Del Mar Racetrack is at the Fairgrounds. American Thoroughbred horse racing season runs every summer from around mid July through mid September.
If you don't want to hassle driving and parking, there is a free shuttle from the Solana Beach Train Station.
For more information on the racetrack, call 858-755-1141 or see www.dmtc.com.
Every summer for around the last two weeks in June is the annual San Diego County Fair in Del Mar California. Almost a million and a half people come every year to partake in the fun.
At the fair, you can enjoy a multitude of exhibits covering the arts, animals, gems, homemade beer and wine, photography and more.
There are fun rides for the big kids and adults in the Fun Zone, and Kiddieland has rides for the little ones.
All kinds of food is available at different areas around the fair, such as the Turf Club, or the Heineken Red Star Cafe. You can get everything from health food to gourmet food to junk food to gluten free. You can even bring in your own food if you prefer.
A wide range of entertainment, from music concerts to horse shows to motorsports shows to dancing happens throughout the fair season. See sdfair.com for more info.
Besides the county fair and horse races, the fairgrounds is also host to numerous events throughout the year such as the Del Mar National Horse Show, the Holiday of Lights in December, Meguiar's Hot Rod & Custom Car Nationals, the Halloween Scream Zone, professional soccer matches with the San Diego Sockers, professional bull riding, horse racing and much, much more. (over 350 events!)
Some of the more popular hotels include the Best Western Stratford Inn, Les Artistes, the Hilton, the Clarion Del Mar Inn, Del Mar Motel On The Beach and the L'Auberge Del Mar.
Del Mar California is located in North San Diego County between La Jolla and Solana Beach. It's about 20 miles north of downtown San Diego.
Since the county fairgrounds and racetrack are located here, the area can get heavy with traffic in addition to regular San Diego commuting traffic. Luckily, the train is another option for getting here.
To get to the Fairgrounds, take the Via de la Valle exit from the I-5 freeway and head west towards the ocean. Go to Jimmy Durante Boulevard and turn left. You should see signs for parking at that point.
To get to the beach from the north, get off the I-5 at Via de la Valle but then go lift on Camino del Mar. From the South, take the Del Mar Heights Road exit, head west, then go right on Camino del Mar.
If you come by train, the nearest station is the Solana Beach Station. The station is at 105 North Cedros Avenue in Solana Beach, north of Del Mar.
The Coaster is the local commuter train, which stops here on its way between Oceanside and San Diego.
The Amtrak's Pacific Surfliner also stops here on its way between San Luis Obispo and San Diego. Additionally, there is a special train during racing season that goes to and from Los Angeles Union Station.
If you are going to the fairgrounds, you can take a free double decker shuttle bus from the train station during racing season.
The San Diego International Airport is about 20 miles south. You would need to book airport transportation with a taxi, limousine or shuttle service.
This map gives you general bearings in relation to San Diego. Zoom in to see details of the town.
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