Best Places in Del Mar

Restaurants, Schools, and Youth Sports

Del Mar

Best known for it’s thoroughbred raceway and host to the San Diego County fair, Del Mar offers relaxed coastal living in San Diego’s North County. It’s history dates back to 1885 when Colonel Jacob Taylor purchased the land from a homesteader with a vision to build a seaside resort for the rich and famous. In 1933, Del Mar became the permanent home for the San Diego County Fair complete with the Del Mar Racetrack.

With a population of approximately 4,500, the laid back community also features fabulous beaches, unique shopping and fine dining. Del Mar plaza offers a variety of shops and restaurants while enjoying views of the ocean. The Del Mar beach offers over 2 miles of sandy paradise to relax, surf or picnic. If a relaxed yet refined beach community is where you want to be, Del Mar is the place for you.

Top 5 Family Restaurants

1. Board&Brew

The original location of this cult classic. Enjoy quality sandwiches and craft beer while sitting by the beach. Their secret sauce is not to be missed!

2. Prepkitchen

After their success in La Jolla, Whisknladle hospitality opened another location in Del Mar.

3. Flower Child

Their promise is to serve healthy food for a happy world. You can dine indoors or out on their fast, casual and healthy menu

4. Brigantine

True to their tagline “San Diego’s spot for fresh, flavorful surf & turf”, Brigantine receives rave reviews for their fish tacos, crab cakes and happy hour.

5. Del Mar Rendezvous

Voted best Chinese food restaurant by San Diego magazine for the last 5 years. They also have an extensive wine list.

Best Schools

Public Elementary

Ashley Falls School(K-6)

Focusing on educating the whole child using 8 Keys of Excellence, this school has a top rating of 10 from

Del Mar Heights Elementary School (K-6)

The Heights is a recent CA Distinguished School Award recipient and received special honors for an exemplary Physical Activity and Nutrition Program.

Del Mar Hills Elementary School (K-6)

Boasting an intimate culture and the smallest school in the district, Del Mar Hills has a top rating of 10 from

High School

Torrey Pines High School

Torrey Pines High School also received top ratings from TPHS has also been recognized as a top high school in America by both Newsweek and US News.


Del Mar Montessori School (K-7)

Children ages 4-12 are taught using the Montessori method

Youth Sports Programs

Del Mar National Little League

An all volunteer, non-profit organization, providing an opportunity for boys and girls ages 5-14 to play Little League baseball

North Shore Girls Softball League

An all volunteer, non-profit organization, providing an opportunity for girls to learn softball

Del Mar – Carmel Valley Sharks

A community based soccer club providing both recreational and competitive programs for players ages 5 to 19.

San Diego Mustangs Rugby

Offering the opportunity for youth, age 5 to 18, to experience the sport of rugby

Master Sports, Carmel Valley Rec Basketball

One of the largest and most popular youth basketball leagues in San Diego, Grades K-12