Destination guide

Del Mar delights in deluxe

Del Mar, with its sandy-cliffed beaches, sweeping views, and rolling Pacific breakers, is certainly "of the sea." It's also a place where San Diego comes to dream. Its streets are jeweled with aspirational boutiques and sublime restaurants. And at its heart is the fabled Del Mar Race Track. Here, you can watch horses power their way to victory or obscurity, while the well-heeled promenade and fortunes are fluttered. But for most people booking their Del Mar vacation rentals, this North County headland village is simply the SoCal beach experience at its sun-splashed best.

Things to do

Del Mar—from racing thrills to pine-scented trails

If you can drag yourself away from the simple pleasures of surf and sand—or the upscale retail pleasures found along the main strand of Camino Del Mar—then the "thrill of the horses" calls. All summer long, the Del Mar Race Track is alive with the spectacle and glamor of thorough-bred horse-racing. Del Mar's stunning ocean views are laid out before you at the magnificently manicured Seagrove Park. But a wilder vista can be had at the Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve Extension. Here, you'll discover trails threading through beautifully sculpted sandstone and rare twisted pines.

Activities

Days to indulge in Del Mar

With its reputation as a hang-out for the famous and well-to-do, much of what you can do in Del Mar revolves around high-life indulgence. So, if you're staying at one of the many top-rated Del Mar vacation rentals, you'll have a perfectly formed romantic break. Long walks with ocean-swashed vistas beckon, followed by afternoons of boutique store bliss. There are always spa specialists to ease any retail exertions away. And evenings here can be a chinking of wine glasses and fine dining—Del Mar restaurants are renowned for their quality and diversity.

Weather

Summer time perfection in Del Mar

Summer is the high season for those on the look-out for Del Mar vacation rentals. With temperatures sitting at a pleasant 75°F throughout the summer months—warmed by sunshine that's rarely broken—it's easy to see why. Perfect for a beach-side promenade or a main street stroll-and-shop, you'll find the aircon is rarely on at Del Mar vacation rentals. If you're wanting to have Del Mar more to yourself, then the winter months are your best bet. Not only are the beaches and streets quiet, but the weather is still sunny and mild, too.

Natural features

A host of natural wonders in Del Mar

Sitting just north of where the Carmel Valley opens out onto the Pacific, Ocean Del Mar is one of the best-located beach resorts north of San Diego. Not only are there miles of pristine sands fronting onto the ocean, but the town itself sits on a headland with fabulous views. Best of all, if you want to explore the beauty of the landscape then the Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve Extension lies just south of Del Mar. It is home to over half of the endangered Torrey Pines, and is wonderfully spangled with wildflowers after rainfall.

How to get there

Traveling to and around Del Mar

The nearest airport is in Carlsbad, CA (CLD-McClellan-Palomar), located 11.6 mi (18.7 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you could book a flight to San Diego, CA (MYF-Montgomery Field), which is 12.4 mi (20 km) away.

Where to stay around Del Mar?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,840 vacation rentals near Del Mar. From 942 Houses to 510 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Del Mar for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Del Mar?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Del Mar:

  • Mission Beach: 1,359 vacation rentals
  • La Jolla: 769 vacation rentals
  • Pacific Beach: 1,061 vacation rentals
  • Ocean Beach: 436 vacation rentals
  • Mission Bay: 1,633 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Del Mar?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Del Mar. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Del Mar Beach: 1,063 vacation rentals
  • San Diego County Fair: 6,585 vacation rentals
  • Del Mar Plaza: 6,705 vacation rentals
  • Medici Galleria: 6,713 vacation rentals
  • Free Flight: 6,592 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Del Mar listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Del Mar?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 942 Houses in Del Mar. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Del Mar include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 510 rentals available
  • Cottages: 77 rentals available
  • Villas: 33 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Del Mar?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 683 vacation rentals with pool available in Del Mar. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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