Del Mar – A Surfing Beach Town Lost In Time

June 6, 2012 · Posted in Travel 

Del Mar is a dream town – an upscale ocean-side community just north of San Diego. Within the city limits, a quaint historical village serves as a backdrop to a small seaside resort first made famous in the 1930′s when Bing Crosby, Jimmy Durante and other race horse lovers from Hollywood built the horse race track at the fairgrounds.

1. The Place To Be Is Epazote

The downtown area has a definite European flavor. More than seventy unique shops, cute hotels and 23 restaurants offer enough variety to please everybody. The artsy “Italian” outdoor mall, The Plaza, is at the north end of town at the corner of Highway 101 and 15th Street, where you will find trendy shops and unique bistros among the ironwork and tiled fountains of an Italian piazza.

The plaza is the home of Epazote, a local restaurant favorite. It’s a wonderful place for lunch or end of the day cocktails because it has an outdoor patio that swells with sunshine, sea breezes and enchanting panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean. It’s also one of Del Mar’s favorite nightlife destinations with a contemporary, upscale vibe. Sleek and sophisticated, with a 180-degree views of the Pacific, hip bar and a cutting edge ocean view lounge, Epazote is a great day or night experience. Oh, and did I mention the food? All of it is creative, unique and wonderful.

2. Take A Hike Through Time

If you enjoy a nature hike with phenomenal scenery, Torrey Pines State Reserve is for you, with nearly 2000 acres of natural habitat along the ocean. The reserve was created because this is where the rare and beautiful Torrey Pine tree grows. You will find 6 or 7 trails for hiking, each with it’s own brand of awesome views: wind bent Torrey pines, abstract rock formations and lush wildflower displays, all framed by the magnificent Pacific Ocean. Parking Tip: You can park outside the park along the ocean and Highway 101 for free, then walk up the drive into the reserve for a great workout with magnificent views. Take your camera – especially in the spring when fields of wild flowers are in bloom and everywhere you look are fantastic views of the ocean.

3. Up, Up and Away

Every evening we see them from Encinitas – hot air balloons, specs in the distance, soaring through the sky just before sunset after taking off. We have been “up there” and can testify that a balloon ride is a one-of-a-kind experience. You can’t help but gain a unique perspective of the immenseness of the Pacific Ocean and sweeping San Diego countryside. Our usual sunny skies and calm morning and evening winds allow you to experience what it’s like to float among the clouds. Hot air balloon companies have sunrise and sunset tours – weather permitting.

Many describe flying in a hot air balloon as one of the most serene, enjoyable activities they’ve ever experienced. Sunny skies and heavenly sunsets allow you to experience what it’s like to float among the clouds. If you’re staying at a hotel, you can experience the views of a lifetime with Skysurfrer Balloon Tours, Magical Adventures or Sky’s The Limit Balloon Adventures. Google or Bing! them for more information.

4. World-Class Beaches

The beaches are very popular because the waves are usually gentle and it’s a great place to learn to surf. With more than two miles of sandy beaches and excellent conditions for swimming and body surfing or just lounging in the sun. The beaches are a vacationer’s delight. A nearby bed and breakfast in Encinitas is located only a block from Moonlight Beach, and is appropriately named the Inn at Moonlight Beach. On some beaches, residents are allowed to bring their dogs and spectators enjoy great games of dog/human Frisbee. No matter what beach you’re on, you’ll see hundreds of people spending the whole day under the sun with friends and family. The best and most popular beach is at the end of 15th Street – crowded year around with families, couples, friends and surfers. A good selection of hotels and inns can be found near the beaches.

5. Pedal Around Town

Bike riding is one of the simplest ways to have fun, enjoy the wonderful Del Mar scenery, especially if you’re staying at a B&B or other vacation lodging. With near-perfect weather all year, enjoying the great outdoors is a way of life for most Del Martians who enjoy riding down quiet residential streets along the ocean. Del Mar is full of paths and trails that give cyclists an opportunity to relax, exercise and explore. Any way you cut it, Del Mar is a great place to have fun, get fit, and relax!

Carlos von Hunnefeld can be found in the most lovely cities anywhere on earth. He travels for a San Diego California design firm and will be found traveling more than four months annually. When friends come to San Diego, Carlos recommends a wonderful Del Mar Bed and Breakfast or an exquisite Del Mar Beach Hotels.

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