The Charming Southern California Seaside Village Of Del Mar Makes For The Perfect Beach Vacation

Southern California is one of the world's most diverse destinations for all kinds of activities — from the mountains to the deserts to the beach and the beautiful Pacific Ocean. But few places along the coast can beat beautiful Del Mar in San Diego County! This quaint little town is the absolute perfect place for a beach vacation that truly has something special for everyone.

Couples can enjoy romantic strolls along Del Mar's beautiful beaches, and friend groups and families alike can explore Del Mar's vibrant downtown area filled with shops, restaurants, and attractions. Families will especially love the variety of activities, including whale-watching tours, hiking, and more. With its stunning coastline views from Del Mar's cliffs above Torrey Pines State Beach to its miles of sandy beaches below, Del Mar is truly an unforgettable vacation destination that caters to all kinds of travelers looking for a fun and memorable beach getaway.

Best things to do in Del Mar

It wouldn't be a trip to Del Mar without hitting up the beautiful Del Mar beaches. Here you'll find a long stretch of sand that's perfect for long walks and sunbathing, and a shoreline surf that's great for both swimming and catching some waves. Bring some snacks and food to make a whole day of it and be sure to stay until sunset to watch the sun sink into the horizon!

Beyond the beach, it's easy to explore Del Mar on foot thanks to the village's small footprint, according to the City of Del Mar. Wander around the many unique boutiques and high-end shops and grab some gifts and goodies with which to remember your trip. While in town, get something to eat at one of the many seaside eateries that promise fantastic views of the ocean and even better food.

Finally, you can't forget about the Del Mar Fairgrounds — one of the premier horse racing tracks in California and home to the world-famous Del Mar Thoroughbred Club horse racing. Here you can place your bets on who will be the winning horse or just enjoy the events from the stands. Whether or not you know anything about horse racing you'll have a blast watching the jockeys and their four-legged racers speed along the course.

Unforgettable stays in Del Mar

Despite Del Mar's small size, accommodations include a range of experiences from boutique to luxury and there are even options for those traveling with RVs. For the best luxury stay in Del Mar, L'Auberge Del Mar is an award-winning resort that's just a stone's throw from everything a visitor to Del Mar might want to see and explore (per Del Mar Village). The rooms are large and elegant and there is a stunning on-site spa for those that need a little extra R&R in addition to their beach excursions.

The Del Mar Beach Hotel touts itself as the only beachfront hotel in Del Mar! So for those who want the least amount of distance between them and sandy beaches, this is the place for you. The hotel has recently undergone renovations; however, its original California coastal chic charm remains. Choose between one of their beautiful cleanly furnished guest rooms or upgrade to a whole bungalow for you and your friends!