Del Mar is an affluent beach city in San Diego County, California. The population was 4,161 at the 2010 census, down from 4,389 at the 2000 census. The Del Mar Horse Races are hosted on the Del Mar racetrack every summer. Del Mar is Spanish for “of the sea” or “by the sea”, because it is located on the Pacific Ocean. Colonel Jacob Taylor purchased 338 acres (1.37 km2) from Enoch Talbert in 1885, with visions of building a seaside resort for the rich and famous. The United States Navyoperated a Naval Auxiliary Air Facility for blimps at Del Mar during World War II.
- Del Mar racetrack, held live during the summer and now the fall at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. The Fairgrounds also hosts the satellite wagering facility Surfside Race Place throughout the year when races aren’t live.
- Torrey Pines Golf Course, one of the most exclusive and challenging courses in the world.
- The San Diego County Fair
- Torrey Pines State Beach
- Powerhouse Community Center
- Del Mar Antique Show, held three times a year for over 50 years on the Del Mar Fairgrounds
- Torrey Pines High School, ranked as one of the 100 Best High Schools in the nation by Newsweek magazine—known for both its upscale campus and academic/athletic prowess.
- Desi Arnaz maintained a residence in North Del Mar on the beach west of Highway 101 near the Del Mar Racetrack after his divorce from Lucille Ball; was arrested once for brandishing a firearm and ordering people off of his beach area; resided there into the late 1960s.
- Burt Bacharach, songwriter, and Angie Dickinson, actress, had a beach residence in north Del Mar near 26th street.
- Drew Brees, quarterback of the New Orleans Saints.
- Rachel Buehler, defender for the United States women’s national soccer team.
- Martin Cooper, conceived the first handheld mobile phone.
- Jimmy Durante lived on the beach for many years and has a street named after him.
- Steve Fisher, head basketball coach at San Diego Sate University, resident since 1999.
- Rachael Flatt, figure skater, 2010 Olympian, 2010 US Champion, three-time US silver medalist and 2008 World Junior Champion, was born in Del Mar.
- Craig Taro Gold, author, entrepreneur and entertainer, was raised in Del Mar and attended Torrey Pines High School.
- Tony Hawk, skateboarder and business entrepreneur, was raised in Del Mar.
- Nate Kaeding, San Diego Chargers placekicker.
- George R. Lunn, former US Congressman and Lt. Governor of New York.
- Carson Palmer, NFL quarterback.
- Steve Perry, former lead singer of the rock band Journey, lives in Del Mar.
- Tristan Prettyman, singer-songwriter.
- Zandra Rhodes, celebrity fashion designer, splits her time between homes in Del Mar and London.
- Anthony Robbins, self-help writer and motivational speaker, lived in “The Castle” in Del Mar.
- Aaron Rodgers, quarterback for the Green Bay Packers.
- Willie Shoemaker, jockey, lived in North Del Mar on beach west of US 101 near Del Mar Racetrack.
- Norv Turner, former head coach of the San Diego Chargers.
- Del Mar is referenced in the Beach Boys hit “Surfin USA”. The song mentions, “You’d catch ’em surfin’ at Del Mar.”
- Del Mar, known for its numerous and beautiful beaches, was mentioned in Time magazine’s “100 Greatest Beaches in the World”. Fifteenth Street Beach ranked in the top 10, ranking at 4, and although “Dog Beach” did not make it into the Top 100, it did receive an honorable mention.
- Del Mar’s beach at 15th Street was used as a backdrop for the opening credits for ABC‘s Cougar Town.
- In the TV series Weeds, the Botwin family escapes to their relatives’ home in the fictional town of Ren Mar (inspired by Del Mar but named after the studio where Weeds is shot) after Agrestic burns down.
- The comedy Strange Wilderness features Del Mar’s Torrey Pines State Beach in the background during the group’s journey south into Mexico.