Del Mar is an upscale beach town in San Diego County, California. The San Diego County Fair is hosted on the Del Mar Fairgrounds every summer. Del Mar is Spanish for "of the sea" or "by the sea", because it is located on the Pacific Ocean. Colonel Jacob Taylor purchased 338 acres from Enoch Talbert in 1885, with visions of building a seaside resort for the rich and famous.
Del Mar's climate is considered sub-tropical with warm dry summers and milder winters. Del Mar rarely gets above 85 Degrees Fahrenheit and rarely below 55 degrees.
Del Mar is also one of few locations in which the Torrey Pine tree grows. The Torrey Pine is the rarest pine in the United States and only two populations of this endangered species exist. The Soledad Valley at the south of Del Mar severs two colony segments of the Pinus torreyana.
- Del Mar is referenced in the Beach Boys hit "Surfin USA." The song mentions, "You’d catch ’em surfin’ at Del Mar."
- Del Mar, known for its numerous and beautiful beaches, was mentioned in Time magazine's "100 Greatest Beaches in the World." 15th Street Beach ranked in the top 10, ranking at 4, and although "Dog Beach" did not make it into the Top 100, it did receive an honorable mention.