Why surf in Del Mar, when the best spot to surf in San Diego is only 10 minutes away? The calm waters of La Jolla Shores were voted one of the top 10 places to learn how to surf, by Surfline!
On average, the waves in La Jolla are 1-2 feet smaller than in Del Mar, and the large stretch of sandy beach provides surfers of all skill levels plenty of space to learn, without the stress of massive crowds! Having year-round lifeguard services, clean bathrooms and showers, and being within walking distance of great places to grab some food are a definite plus, and what makes La Jolla Shores so unique!
Del Mar in San Diego County, not to be confused with Corona Del Mar in Orange County, is a coastal city less than 10 miles north of La Jolla. The beachgoing culture of Del Mar is reflected in the city’s name, which is Spanish for “By the Sea”. It has been called home by many notable people, including Desi Arnaz, Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers, and Tony Hawk.
One of the main attractions in Del Mar is the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Every year from late May to the Fourth of July, the Fairgrounds hosts the San Diego County Fair, which used to be called the Del Mar Fair (some locals still use the former name). More than a million and a half people attend the fair each year to enjoy the festivities, including rides, games, shopping, concerts, and all the deep-fried foods you could possibly want. From July to September, the Del Mar Racetrack host horse racing. The races host concerts, which are free with the cost of admission. They also hold events like the San Diego Craft Beer Festival where you can sample beer from our local breweries. Come find out why San Diego is called the Craft Beer Capital of the United States. Later in September, the Del Mar Fairgrounds hosts the Kaaboo music festival with a lineup that includes some of the top musicians in the country.