Del Mar, as its name (Spanish for “of the sea”) implies, is an upper-class coastal community with long stretches of beautiful beach. It’s liveliest in the summer, when the ever-popular San Diego County Fair is held at the Del Mar Fairgrounds and horse racing is in season at its Del Mar Racetrack. Hot air balloons are often seen drifting above the sweeping landscape in the afternoon and evening.
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On Del Mar’s southwestern edge lies Torrey Pines State Beach, known for its beautiful golden sandstone cliffs. Further north are the Seagrove and Powerhouse Parks, grassy seaside parks that are great for picnicking, and Dog Beach, where canines are allowed if on a 6-foot leash. Golf is available close by at the Torrey Pines Golf Course, as well as at several private clubs, and the nearby Torrey Pines State Reserve is ideal for scenic hiking. Camino Del Mar, the busy center of town, is the best place to find shopping and dining.
Del Mar is an affluent neighborhood that contains large and elegant homes, often with gorgeous ocean views. Its populace is highly educated and tends to be 40 to 60 years of age. Solana Beach lies to the north, Carmel Valley to the east, and La Jolla to the south, and the Interstate 5 runs through the Del Mar’s center for easy accessibility, though traffic can be heavy at rush hour. On the whole, this is an area is ideal for those ready to embrace a serene yet exciting coastal lifestyle. By Gary Kent
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