20 Fun Things to Do in Del Mar, CA,

In Spanish, del mar means “of the sea” which sets the scene for what to expect when staying in this coastal town just north of La Jolla.

Photo: Fairmont Grand Del Mar

Lay your towel anywhere on this large sandy stretch that leads multiple blocks north all the way to the River Mouth, also known as Dog Beach.

Gorgeous Beaches

Locals and visitors flock to the popular San Diego attraction for decadent and novel fair food (think deep-fried Kool-Aid and deep-fried Oreos), carnival games, rides, and special events.

San Diego County Fair (Seasonal)

Del Mar is a fantastic place to learn with spots for novices and areas for experienced surfers to catch some waves.

Go Surfing in Del Mar

You can bring your own ball and net to start a quick game with your friends, or search local Internet group sites to participate in a structured game.


Sunset Seat is a sculpture of a red-tailed hawk (the official bird of Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve) and a decorative bench carved out of an old Torrey Pine atop a beautiful Del Mar cliff that overlooks the ocean.

Take a Sunset Seat 

The natural reserve features 1,500 acres of undeveloped land, including rare Torrey Pine trees, a nice beach, maritime chaparral, and a lagoon that is vital to seabirds during their migration.


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