Del Mar is an affluent beach town located in North San Diego County that has grown considerably from its humble beginnings as a tent community. A speculator built the Casa Del Mar resort in the 1880s with hopes of drawing wealth and an elite population to the area. While the Casa del Mar did not endure, it was replaced in 1910 by the Stratford Inn, which remains today.
Del Mar is technically a city, although it covers less than 2 square miles of land. Del Mar lies south of Solana Beach and north of Torrey Preserve. The preserve includes a state park, state beach, and golf course. Being so near to the Torrey Preserve, Del Mar is one of the few places where the endangered Torrey Pine tree can be found. To the east of town are Crest Canyon Park and the San Diego Freeway. To the west is only a stunning view of the ocean, making Del Mar a desirable place to live. There is a strong community feeling despite the many tourists who still flock here.
The Del Mar Fairgrounds can always be counted on for concerts and shows and other events. It hosts the popular Del Mar Racetrack every summer for horse racing fans and the Del Mar Antique Show three times annually. Surfing, tennis, and a farmers market are just a few of the other attractions. A bus route along Camino Del Mar, the main beach road, makes it easy to get around without having to worry about parking.