San Diego's nearest coastal neighbor to the north is the seaside city of Del Mar (which in Spanish means, of the sea.). The city got its start in the late 1880s when the Southern California Railroad connected the cities of San Bernardino and San Diego. Two businessmen independently decided to build resorts in what is now Del Mar.
Though these first resorts didn't last long, another hotel the Stratford Inn was built in 1910, and Del Mar's reputation as a vacation spot for the Hollywood elite was born. In the 1930s, when the County Fairgrounds was established in Del Mar, a group of Hollywood insiders led by Bing Crosby began the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club horse racing season. Del Mar's beautiful beaches, elegant hotels and dining, and intimate atmosphere make it a popular tourist destination. From the start of the San Diego County Fair in mid-June to the end of the thoroughbred racing season in September, Del Mar is the place to be in San Diego County. There's plenty to do at the Fairgrounds the rest of the year, too, making Del Mar a great place to base a Southern California vacation.
The web site links below will get you started in planning a visit to Del Mar. Please see the Hotels page for web site links to area lodging.
The City of Del Mar
Del Mar Thoroughbred Club
Del Mar Village Association