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Which Del Mar Beach? Waddya’ mean? Oh, I get it . . . you see, really there are two Del Mar Beaches.
Del Mar Beach #1
Arguably the very finest beach in San Diego is the northern half the beach, (Del Mar City Beach that is), stretching from The River Mouth to 15th Street. The wide sandy beach has great swimming, the surf is okay and there’s easy access to the beach, but parking, forget it. Oh well, there’s no such thing as perfect although this fantasyland certainly looks like the dream location, until you try to stop and park the car. The crowds generally try their luck near Powerhouse Park but even the limited parking spaces available are metered. It’s often a better idea to head straight towards the streets in the north or on the east side across the highway of Coast Boulevard. On high days and holidays . . . you know, Labor Day and the 4th of July, the influx of beach-goers begin to arrive around dawn just to stake a claim. Remind you of anything? You know the old saying . . . come early to avoid disappointment!
Del Mar Beach #2
Del Mar City Beach #2 starts south of 15th Street, but instead of the individually designed architectural dwellings that most of us can only dream of like the ones on Del Mar City Beach #1, the beach is lined by bluffs. Don’t let that put you off, they are not nearly as steep or high as they are elsewhere in the county and the beach is passable right the way to Torrey Pines unless there’s an exceptionally high tide. There are one or two trails from the cliffs, as well as a dirt path which runs parallel to the train track on the bluff which is a real favorite with joggers and walkers – they can jog (or walk) for miles and miles without having to cross the road or dodge any cars. This Del Mar City Beach generally has the best surf, particularly at 15th St, 11th St. and 7th Street, plus if surfing is your “thing” then you must try the G-Spot (if you can find it . . ) it’s a little south of 4th Street. The beach here is usually only inhabited by joggers and surfers with other beach users preferring the northern zone of Del Mar City Beach.
Directions to Del Mar Beach
The great thing about directions is that it all depends on where you start out, but hopefully you’ll be able to get yourself somewhere close to Del Mar Beach (use a Sat Nav System or something) and you only need to know the final leg of the journey, as it were. As you get close you’ll notice that the beaches here are named after the numbers of the streets, which makes finding any specific spot pretty simple, just locate the correct street number. Right, how do you get close enough to Del Mar Beach to even find the right streets, never mind the street numbers?
Coming in from I-5 you need to exit Del Mar Heights Road and head west, which will lead you to the southern end of Del Mar at PCH (Pacific Coast Highway) and 4th Street. If you exit I-5 at Via De La Valle, however, you’ll meet PCH at The River Mouth, at the extreme north side of Del Mar. You’ll find the main beach areas by following the Coast Highway along to the 15th Street and Coast Boulevard intersection, kind of halfway between the two. There you are then, remember, check out the street numbers for specific areas of Del Mar Beach.