As the sun-kissed days of summer approach, it’s time to plan your getaway to Del Mar, a captivating coastal town nestled in San Diego County, California. Del Mar offers a perfect blend of natural beauty, thrilling activities, and a vibrant culture that will make your summer of 2023 an unforgettable experience. In this comprehensive guide, we will explore the best attractions, events, and activities that Del Mar has to offer, ensuring you have an incredible time exploring this charming destination.
For the adults – Del Mar Village Summer Solstice 2023
The Del Mar Village Association invites you to celebrate the beginning of summer as only Del Mar knows how: with delicious food and drinks, fun music, ocean views, and beachy, good vibes. With the panorama of the Pacific Ocean as a backdrop, Summer Solstice is the best way to welcome summer to Southern California for a good cause: net proceeds from the event benefit DMVA so it can continue its mission of supporting Del Mar’s beloved small businesses.
Your ticket includes elevated, robust bites from more than 15 Del Mar Village restaurants, delicious craft cocktails, wine and beer from local and nationally recognized brands, beachside musical performances and more fun to be announced! Summer Solstice is a 21+ event. Tickets sell out every year, get your tickets here!
For the kiddos (and adults) – Del Mar Fair
Don’t miss the excitement of the San Diego County Fair—or as nostalgic locals call it, the “Del Mar Fair“, held June 7th to July 4th, offering thrilling rides, live entertainment, delicious food, and captivating exhibitions. Reach new heights as you spin upside-down in the FunZone. Hike around San Diego Grown to learn all about local agriculture from food to fiber to flowers. Be prepared for an unsurpassed line-up of entertainment on the fair’s featured stages. Buy your tickets here. Use code DMVA23 for $2 off adult admission online from now until the fair is over, limit 6 per transaction.
For the adults – Opening Day at the Del Mar Racetrack
If you’re seeking an exhilarating experience, head to the Del Mar Fairgrounds and Racetrack, which hosts the renowned Del Mar Thoroughbred Club during the summer season. Place your bets and witness world-class horse racing in action. Opening Day (Friday, July 21st) is a must for locals and travelers alike for a day of style, fun and racing.
Tickets include Opening Day Admission and exclusive access to The Party complete with world-class DJs, craft beers & cocktail bars, photo booths and private wagering. Tickets are 21 & up only.
Make sure to put your best hat forward and participate in the famous Opening Day Hats Contest tradition where constants can enter to win cash prizes.
Visit The Del Mar Farmer’s Market
Immerse yourself in the local culture by visiting the Del Mar Farmers Market, held every Saturday during the summer months. Explore the vibrant stalls offering fresh produce, artisanal products, local crafts, and delectable treats. Engage with friendly vendors and embrace the community spirit as you savor the flavors of Del Mar.
Take a Seaside Hike at Torrey Pines State Park
Nature enthusiasts will be in awe of Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, a scenic haven just north of Del Mar. Embark on hiking trails that wind through picturesque cliffs, providing breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean. Discover unique flora and fauna, including the rare Torrey pine, found only in this region. Capture stunning photographs of the beautiful coastal scenery and enjoy a picnic amidst nature’s tranquility.
Visit Del Mar Beaches
Del Mar boasts some of the most picturesque beaches in Southern California. Start your summer adventure by soaking up the sun at Del Mar City Beach, a stunning stretch of golden sand where you can relax, swim, and bask in the warm coastal breezes. For surf enthusiasts, the 15th Street Beach provides excellent waves for beginners and experienced surfers alike. Don’t miss the opportunity to witness magical sunsets from Powerhouse Park, which offers breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean.
Take A Stroll Through Del Mar Village
Indulge in the unique charm of Del Mar Village, a quaint seaside town brimming with boutique shops, art galleries, and delightful eateries. Take a leisurely stroll along Camino Del Mar, the main street of the village, and explore the local boutiques for unique finds. Visit the Del Mar Plaza, an upscale shopping center, where you can enjoy panoramic ocean views while browsing through high-end stores. Treat your taste buds to the eclectic culinary scene in the village, featuring a range of cuisines from farm-to-table delights to fresh seafood.
Where To Stay In Del Mar and Solana Beach
Haustay has a number of coastal vacation rentals to choose from that are within walking distance or a short drive to all of the amazing adventures mentioned above. Check out our Del Mar and Solana Beach rentals here and book soon as they’re filling up for the summer!
Del Mar, with its stunning beaches, vibrant village, thrilling events, and natural wonders, is a summer paradise waiting to be explored. Whether you’re seeking relaxation, adventure, or cultural experiences, this coastal gem has it all. Plan your summer escape to Del Mar in 2023 and create memories that will last a lifetime. From breathtaking sunsets to thrilling horse races, Del Mar promises an unforgettable summer experience that will leave you yearning to return year after year.