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Del Mar, a beach city and a true wonder in San Diego County. The name of the city means "of the sea" or "by the sea" because it is located on the Pacific Ocean. It's a small city but the sky is the limit with the things you can do here. Del Mar is very popular for people who loves the beach lifestyle and the entertainment never stops as it is soaring with fun, family-oriented activities the whole year round, you can just imagine how much cooler it'll be in summer. One thing's for sure, wherever you are in the beach city, there will always be a smile on your face when you live in Del Mar.
With a city this size, the restaurant choices are definitely big. Most of the restaurants are integrated to a theme fitting that of its famous ocean breezes and the casual beach surrounding the city. I, myself, is a Del Mar Veteran my entire life and I have been going to these restaurants for a very long time now as most of these establishments have been part of the system for years.
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Indulge yourself in stunning panoramic views of the ocean and a lively bar scene. Get seated in the right spot and you'll have a fantastic view of the sunset, pair it up with their award-winning wine list. The menu is varied and can go with whatever suits your mood, choose from a wide selection of mouthwatering meat, seafood, pasta, salads, soups, Pacifica Del Mar Classics that easily put Pacifica Del Mar to the top of the line restaurant in San Diego.
If you care for a diversified dining experience, get a slice of heaven in KITCHEN 1540, an award-winning restaurant with a view in L'Auberge Del Mar, one of San Diego's luxury boutique hotels. This luxurious restaurant is designed with an open presentation kitchen, contemporary table settings, a private dining room wrapped in wine-encased walls, and a spectacular white vaulted ceiling that opens onto a series of outdoor dining and lounge areas. They are open Tuesday-Sunday 5PM - 9PM and offers brunches on Saturday & Sunday 6:30AM - 2PM
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If you're up for another restaurant by the beach, Jake's Del Mar has been popular with the locals and visitors alike. Opens daily and offer a large selection of gluten-free cuisines for lunch, happy hour, dinner, and Sunday brunch. Choose from seafood dishes, seafood Caesar salad, mustard and spice California lamb, Jake's Bistro burger, or vegetarian options and take care of your sweet tooth with their dessert then have a feast with their collection of wine, cocktails and beer.
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Brigantine is known for their San Diego-style surf and turf, during summer, in the dining room or on the glass-enclosed patio out back, you can watch the horse races while eating their famous fish tacos which are beer-battered and covered in cheddar cheese and ranch dressing or spoil yourself with their freshly shucked oysters paired with a Brigantine house salad with cranberries, blue cheese, and mixed lettuce. They also offer classic filet mignon or the perpetually best-selling marinated grilled swordfish. This is especially packed and one of the go-to hotspot during racing season.
Research has found that walking after you eat a meal can do wonders for your health. The good thing is you can absolutely enjoy a good walk after a heavenly dining experience in Del Mar Beach. It won't matter what time you're there, the panoramic view of ocean, sunrise, sunset, the night sky, is a clear give away that you are in paradise.
Powerhouse & Seagrove Parks
Two coastal parks, Powerhouse and Seagrove Parks, offers a great spot for a picnic with family and friends.
North Beach (Dog Beach)
The area includes the mouth of the San Dieguito River and a stretch of coastal bluff. While laws restrict access to half of the Del Mar beach during summer, North Beach remains open to dogs, however, dogs must be restricted to a six-foot leash.
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Scripps Bluff Preserve
It's definitely a steep climb but the view from the top is amazing. The high vantage point on this bluff gives you a 360-degree of the coastline and the inland lagoons. Not only can you watch the sun dip down over the Pacific, but you can turn and watch the sky inland change colors.
Torrey Pines State Beach
Torrey Pines State Beach runs for three miles between Carmel Valley Road and the Glider Port at Torrey Pines Scenic Drive. The beach here is well covered by sand, with few exposed rocks, readily passable at all but the highest tides.
If after having been to all these places you still feel like you haven't explored all of Del Mar, then you are right.
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Go for a little shopping at this high-rising, upscale shopping mall. There are many shoe stores, shops, boutiques, art galleries, home decor and furnishing shops to choose from, however, if you're on a budget, window shopping with the view of the Pacific is a fun way to pass the time.
If you are on a budget and want to have a beach-centric weekend, this interesting place by the beach is definitely a great value considering its location. It's a10-minute walk from Del Mar Plaza. Torrey Pines State Beach and Del Mar Racetrack are close by as well. Relax and enjoy the breathtaking views from the sun deck and have time to bask in the glorious beauty of the ocean.
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Spend a perfect day sun-soaked in North County San Diego’s prestigious seaside city. De Mar has a found an accessible way to keep you informed about the history. Using a smartphone or tablet, pedestrians can now scan the silver QR coded plaques installed on several of the historically significant buildings and get a detailed information on the buildings and its past.
You’ll find plaques in the following places:
L’Auberge Del Mar
Del Mar Library
St. Peter’s Church
Jake’s Del Mar
En Fuego Cantina and Grill
1414-1418 Camino Del Mar
Del Mar Plaza
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Gather your family and friends for a picnic or order a picnic basket for pick up at Gelson's Market on Via De La Valle. The store will take $5 off the price when you tell them it's for a Del Mar Foundation Summer Twilight Concert.There are 2 more concerts for you to attend. Come in early as parking can be difficult due to limited street parking.
The Mighty Untouchables
Tue, August 9, 7:00PM
The Zel’s Opening Act John Bennett & Chris Torres will start at 6:00PM
Tue, August 23, 7:00PM
The Zel’s Opening Act The Setting Sons will start at 6:00PM
It is not cheap to live here in Olde Del Mar but it's a sure good value for what it's worth. A true good neighborhood for a good location!
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