There is something to be said for living in a community that offers so many opportunities for adventure, dining, cultural experiences, and healthy living. We have selected an array of locations in and around Del Mar and Solana Beach that are places we hope you either frequent regularly or have had the pleasure of experiencing once or twice. If you haven’t had the chance to check out one of our suggested hot spots, clear up your schedule, grab your friends and family, and hit the town. You won’t have far to go because, really, it’s all right here.
No. 1 Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
How’s the view from up there?
Located right at the southern border of the Del Mar community, Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve attracts people not only from around San Diego but from around the globe. With its prime hiking trails, breathtaking views, and breezy climate, the reserve is the perfect setting for a morning run or afternoon escape. Only a 5 to 10-minute drive away, the reserve’s location is especially accessible to Del Sol residents. Waste no time and check out the reserve the next time you are in need of a close-to-home adventure.
No. 2 Powerhouse Park and Community Center
Where else can you enjoy ocean views with grass beneath your feet?
Whether you’re headed to Powerhouse Beach, looking to fly a kite with your brood, or attending one of numerous community events or concerts, Powerhouse Park offers something for everyone. Situated adjacent to Powerhouse Community Center, the park provides prime beach access. But if you aren’t up for sandy feet, Powerhouse offers a large grassy lawn and playground where visitors of all ages can take in one of Del Mar’s most beautiful pieces of scenery.
No. 3 Del Mar Dog Beach
Where can you get some quality time with man’s best friend?
If your four-legged friend could talk, he would definitely thank you for taking him out to get some fresh air and sun at North Beach, affectionately called “Dog Beach” by locals. There’s nothing better than playing catch, splashing in the tide, and making new friends with canines and their human companions. Located north of 29th Street, Dog Beach stretches nearly one and a half miles to the Del Mar and Solana Beach border. Though leashes are required June 16 through Labor Day, the beach offers plenty of space for off-leash running and play nine months out of the year.
No. 4 Trailblazing
Have you been to the top, under it, or around that yet?
It’s always a great feeling when you can say that you’ve accomplished a trek and blazed the trail. The hiking and outdoor opportunities in the local communities are endless, and they cater to people of all ages and capabilities. Take an afternoon to hit one of the trails we recommend. You’ll be glad you did.
No. 5 Outdoor Dining
Would you prefer to sit inside or out?
The European craze of outdoor dining has been welcomed with open arms. With the exceptional year-round weather that Del Sol boasts, it’s no wonder outdoor restaurants have become so popular. Sitting with friends or family and watching the world go by is a delight to many. The following local venues allow you to take a moment to relax, unwind in a casual outdoor atmosphere, and enjoy the delicious cuisine and tasty beverages that are served up.
Agave Del Mar
Board & Brew
Jake’s Del Mar
Pizza Port Solana Beach
No. 6 Farmers Market
Doesn’t it always taste better when you add something fresh?
Del Sol is lucky to have not one but two farmers markets that bring fresh produce and fun to the community each Saturday and Sunday. Not only do the markets bring delight in food, they also bring patrons entertainment, music, and a variety of activities. The certified titles of both the Del Mar and Solana Beach farmers markets ensure that produce is grown locally, sold by the grower, and meets all State quality standards. Whether you are visiting on any given weekend afternoon to grab some fresh produce, learn a cooking technique, enjoy the cuisine from a food truck, or listen to some tunes, you are in for a treat.
Del Mar Farmers Market
Saturdays: 1 – 4 p.m.
Upper Shores Park at 225 9th St.
Solana Beach Farmers Market
Sundays: 12 – 5 p.m.
444 S Cedros Ave.
No. 7 Bernardo Winery
Where can you find old world charm?
Nearby Bernardo Winery, family-owned for three generations and over 125 years old, is a full-time winemaking facility with an inviting and pleasant tasting room that is open to the public on a daily basis.
Ross Rizzo, Jr. is keeping his father and grandfather’s legacies alive by adding new varietals and winemaking techniques to the company’s repertoire, while paying tribute to the old ways. The winery is home to more than 12 village shops, artisan galleries and workspaces, a coffee shop, full service salon, and an award-winning cafe, all tucked into the architecture of the original century-old winery buildings. Visitors will also delight in events hosted on the property – whether it be grape stompings, special occasions, art walks, the farmers market, or just an afternoon to unwind and relax in a quaint atmosphere, it will certainly add charm to your day.
No. 8 Friday Night Lights
Do you have hometown spirit?
Perhaps it’s all the cheering, the band’s triumphant music, or running into friends and neighbors, but one thing is for sure: there’s something about attending a high school football game that really makes you feel like you’re part of a community. If you want to get in on the action and support a local team, then this fall be sure to bundle up and head out to your local high school football stadium.
No. 9 The Fairmont Grand Del Mar
How do you want to relax and unwind?
With the Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve as the scenic backdrop, the Fairmont Grand Del Mar offers a variety of relaxing opportunities for all of its visitors – whether you’re spending the night or just an afternoon. The resort’s indoor spa is a small piece of paradise, but if you’re looking to unwind outdoors, perhaps a trip to the pool or golf course is in order.
No. 10 Del Mar Racetrack and Fairgrounds
And they’re off!
If you want to add a little excitement into your day, then a trip to the Del Mar Racetrack just might do the trick. Located in the heart of Del Mar, the racetrack offers fun for the whole family throughout the year. Whether you’re interested in stopping by during the racing season or spending a summer day at the San Diego County Fair, you’re sure to have a blast without spending much on gas!