Already famous for its enticing racetrack and attracting horse racing enthusiasts from around the nation, this captivating city by the sea is quickly becoming recognized as the perfect spot to relax and rejuvenate on the coast without the hustle and bustle of a big city. And when you stay in Vacasa's Del Mar vacation rentals, you'll find having the comforts of home in a prime location like this creates the ideal combination for an unforgettable amazing Southern California getaway.
Where is Del Mar, CA?
Bordered by Solana Beach to the north and neighborhoods of San Diego (like Torrey Pines and La Jolla) to the south, there's no shortage of adventures near Del Mar. Choose from effortless day trips to places like Escondido (18 miles northeast) to visit the Safari Zoo Park, Encinitas (six miles north) for wineries and yoga classes, and bustling San Diego (20 miles south) for a day at Sea World.
Things to Do in Del Mar, CA
You've come to the coast for one reason: the beach. And from north to south, you'll find some of the best family-friendly beaches around. Make sure to bring the family and dogs to Dog Beach, and also check out the amazing 15th Street Beach, which was ranked number 4 of 100 of the greatest beaches by Time Magazine.
Even if you did come simply for the stunning beaches, take time to explore all of the fun-filled attractions close by. The Del Mar Fairground is home to the world-renowned Del Mar Racetrack, which hosts horse races mid-July through September. And if you're here in the summer, check out the County Fair - open from mid-June to early July - for concerts, rides, delicious deep-fried fair food, and so much more.
Find great retail therapy or just a pleasant afternoon shopping at The Village of Del Mar, for one-of-a-kind boutiques and fresh patio bistros located along Coast Highway. If you're looking for a more high end shopping experience, Del Mar Plaza is the place to go. Stroll through art galleries, by fountains, and across terraces while browsing shops bursting with cutting-edge fashion.
Soar to new heights and take full advantage of the sunrise and sunset hot air balloon rides at Magical Adventures. Rising to 3,000 feet on a clear day, enjoy breathtaking views while drifting through the clouds and sipping champagne.
Take advantage of the pristine Southern California climate by taking your adventures outdoors. Visit the Exotic Bird Sanctuary, whale watch, golf, learn to surf, and swim in the Pacific Ocean.
Wining & Dining in Del Mar
Although most of our charming Del Mar vacation rentals come equipped with a full kitchen for your convenience, be sure to treat yourself and your crew to a mouth-watering meal out. For a fine dining experience you'll not quickly forget, reserve a table at Addison, San Diego's premier five star restaurant where you'll dine on fresh and local ingredients with a French twist.
Some of the local favorite eateries include Prep Kitchen for innovative cocktails, Cafe Secret for to-die-for Peruvian food, and Zel's for flavorful American food backed by live music in the evenings.
Whether you're here to bet and watch the horse race, or to find solace (and sunshine) on the beach, there's no doubt every guest at our Del Mar vacation rentals will find this quaint California city to be a favorite destination spot!
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