The old cliche still rings true in the idyllic coastal community of Del Mar and its country counterparts: Rancho Santa Fe, Carmel Valley and Fairbanks Ranch. In fact, if you rise early in the morning before beach umbrellas and boogie boards crowd the sand, you might spot thoroughbred horses from the world-famous Del Mar Racetrack exercising along the shore.
Once a secluded getaway resort for Hollywood celebrities, Del Mar’s old beach bungalows have given way to multi-million-dollar mansions, but the fanciful flags and Hobie Cat sailboats beached out front reveal that “Del Martians” are on holiday year round – in spirit, if not in deed. Across the freeway, the wooded estates and farm plots of Rancho Santa Fe are reminiscent of San Diego’s early agricultural roots, while the exploding residential developments around Del Mar Heights reflect the city’s 21st century prosperity. Del Mar is the kind of neighborhood that locals can’t imagine ever leaving, and visitors can’t wait to come back to.