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Our Local History

Our Local History

Del Mar, CA

The beautiful seaside village of Del Mar has a rich history in California. Founded in 1885 by Colonel Jacob Taylor, Del Mar was developed as a seaside resort and vacation getaway on the Southern California coast. By 1910, Del Mar was  an elegant retreat for Hollywood stars of the silent film days. Stroll through the historic downtown village of Del Mar to beautiful landmarks, historic buildings and homes.

With its vintage coastal charm, natural elegance and a deep connection to the past, Del Mar is the crown jewel of San Diego. Jacob Taylor would be pleased to know that his vision has retained its allure for travelers from all over the world.

Del Mar History

Del Mar History

The 60's to Now

The University of California in San Diego was established in 1960 and has influenced the social, cultural, and political life of the area even today. During the 80s, the city was a haven for writers and artists  and gained a higher cosmopolitan profile. Del Mar began years of beautification and preservation, including Seagrove Park and the picturesque seaside shopping center, Del Mar Plaza.

Del Mar Fairgrounds

Del Mar Fairgrounds

“Where the surf meets the turf” - Bing Crosby (1937)

When the Del Mar Fairgrounds opened in 1936, it became the home of the San Diego County Fair, attracting thousands to Del Mar. The final touch on the Del Mar Fairgrounds, the mile-long oval racetrack, made Del Mar an exciting destination. Under the leadership of Bing Crosby, Del Mar Turf Club came to life and a new era of horseracing began on this legendary racetrack - hailed as Bing's Baby. Bing Crosby greeted the first  fan through the gate as Del Mar opens in 1937. Bing's song "Where the Turf Meets the Surf" opened every day of racing in the early days.

Del Mar Historic Attractions

Del Mar Historic Attractions

Del Mar Historical Society

Born in 1985, the Del Mar Historical Society houses memorabilia, photos and exhibits. Check out the Alvarado House, the first lot built in Del Mar, at the San Diego County Fairgrounds. During the Fair, the house is open to the public and docents to tell the history of Del Mar. Once a famous church for movie stars, Del Mar Library is a historic landmark worth a visit. Designed by local artists in 2002, a mixed-media mosaic wall frames the historic building.

The wall blends memorabilia and treasures from Del Mar's history and features terracotta birds and wildlife. In Encinitas, the San Dieguito Heritage Museum interprets the history of the San Dieguito River area, including the communities of Del Mar and Solana Beach.

Ocean views and sunsets make the waterfront restaurants in Del Mar a sensual dining adventure

The beautiful coastal village of Del Mar offers diverse restaurants, Cafés, bars and music venues in a coastal landscape. Indulge in fresh California cuisine, sumptuous seafood and ethnic eats - from Mexico to the Mediterranean - at wonderful Del Mar restaurants and bars.