Del Mar

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.[3] The United States Navyoperated a Naval Auxiliary Air Facility for blimps at Del Mar during World War II.[4]

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Cultural references

  • 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.