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City Guide // Del Mar

Explore the quaint town of Del Mar, California, filled with outdoor activities, boutique shopping, and delicious restaurants.

Just 20 miles from San Diego is the "California gem" known as Del Mar. Explore this quaint town filled with outdoor activities, boutique shopping, and delicious restaurants.

It's the ideal spot for a getaway, and we're giving you the tips on where to stay, shop, and dine while you're there.

Del Mar beach

STAY

L'Auberge Del Mar
Stay at the "centerpiece of Del Mar Village" right in the hub of it all. Not only is this a great location, it is also historic. Since 1910, Hollywood celebrities have been staying here to play in the sand and catch some z's. Now after a $25 million renovation, L'Auberge continues to be a relaxing seaside escape.

The Lodge Torrey Pines
This world-class resort offers the perfect balance between relaxation and adventure. Located on a golf course, you can choose to spend your day playing or lounging by the pool. Wanting to explore like a local? The resort also offers guided hiking tours of the surrounding areas.

San Diego Marriott Del Mar
One of the top-rated Del Mar hotels, the Marriott is the perfect place for admiring the So-Cal scenery. The best part? You'll come home to breathtaking views of the ocean while still being a stone's throw from golf courses, restaurants, and famous attractions.

DINE

Pacifica Del Mar
Pacifica Del Mar takes "fresh fish" to a new level, with spectacular ocean views and award-winning dishes.

Beeside Balcony
Looking to have a relaxing night while still ordering a savory meal? Beeside Balcony, with its chic ocean-style decor, is the restaurant to book. Every dish is made to order and incorporates a Californian and Mediterranean flair, while using locally sourced ingredients.

SHOP

For Him: Patrick James
Located in the Flower Hill Promenade, Patrick James is in a great location. Work it into your vacation plans to stop by to shop our wide variety of classic looks, from casual threads to formal attire.

For Her: Sea Biscuit Del Mar
Sea Biscuit Del Mar is an upscale boutique located in the popular Del Mar Plaza. Filled with the latest collections perfect for beach living, this is the perfect shop for your California lady.

PLAY

Fletcher Cove
Fletcher Cove is one of the main beach parks in the area with easy public access. Filled with several water activity opportunities from surfing to fishing, it's the perfect place to dive into the warm waters of Del Mar.

Torrey Pines Golf Course

Torrey Pines Golf Course
Sitting on coastal cliffs that overlook the Pacific Ocean, Torrey Pines is one of California's premier golf courses. From sunrise to sunset, you can visit Torrey Pines to play a round, enjoy scenic routes, or explore the shops.

Del Mar Horse Races
The Del Mar Horse Races are iconic to the area. Enjoy a day at the races on this beautiful track, with events happening through November of 2020. Stay updated on next year's season here.

Flower Hill Promenade
Flower Hill Promenade is Del Mar's most prominent shopping center, filled with plenty of delicious restaurants, shops, and more. You won't want to miss this hub of businesses, and enjoy some premium window shopping along the way - we highly suggest making a stop at TRE Boutique, a women's boutique popular in the area.

EXPLORE

Free Flight
Free Flight gives visitors a unique experience to get up close and personal with tropical birds as they sit on your shoulders (or head!) for a photo op and eat from the palm of your hand.

hot air balloon

Hot Air Balloon Ride
Soar above the city of Del Mar and experience tranquility unlike any other with a hot air balloon ride. Once in the sky, you will enjoy a 360-degree view of the gorgeous coastline at sunset.

Torrey Pines State Reserve
Torrey Pines State Reserve is "one of California's wildest stretches of coastline" with its rocky cliffs surrounding the Pacific Ocean. This beach offers more than just water sports, too -- you can also explore the area on foot with a hike in the State Park.

Date Published: December 24, 2019

Tags: City Guide, Del Mar