|Del Mar City
Del Mar Beach is about 15 blocks long, divided into 3 main beaches, with parks and surf spots
along the way. All of them are wide sandy beaches with coastal access points from 29th Street
all the way down to 4th Street.
The most popular area, and the best for families, is from 15th Street northward to the
Rivermouth. This area is good for swimming, bodyboarding, and grunion hunting in season. The
best swimming is near the main lifeguard station at 17th Street.
Surfing: Most of the waves along the Del Mar coast are beach breaks, but 15th
Street offers a steady reef break, with the swell ranging from 2 to 6 feet, OK for short and
longboards. Another popular break, between 18th and 25th streets, draws a mixed surfing crowd.
Further north, Rivermouth is a good beach break, but after any rain, the runoff can be toxic.
(619) 338-2386. North of Rivermouth is Dog Beach, south of 15th is preferred by surfers.
Swimming, walking, surfing, body boarding, grunion hunting
Surfing is best further north or even better, south of the main beach.
The best tidepooling is south, near the 9th and 10th street beach area.
For quieter, laid back beach areas, head south of 15th Street, or north of 25th.
Restrooms at 17th & 25th Streets
Showers at 17th & 25th Streets
Powerhouse Park: restrooms & shower
Wheelchair access: many beach entrances are wheelchair accessible.
Two special beach wheelchairs are kept at the main lifeguard station. To reserve a beach
wheelchair call (858) 755-1556.
Del Mar City Beach
15th Street and Coast Boulevard
Del Mar, CA 92014 858-755-1556
Main Beach: midway between 15th Street and Coast Boulevard:
From I-5 North, exit Via De La Valle, west. Make a left on Camino Del Mar (Old Highway 101),
heading south to 15th Street.
From I-5 South, exit Del Mar Heights Rd, west. Turn right on Camino Del Mar (Old Highway 101),
heading north to 15th Street.
Paid parking is available across from Powerhouse Park. Limited metered street parking is
around 15th St and Coast Blvd. Free street parking is on 17th Street. All these area fill up
early. Parking is better the farther north you go, or try across Coast Hwy on the east side.
Beach access: Private homes are all along the beach from 15th Street going north to
29th Street but there are public access corridors at each cross street.
No fires / No alcohol / No glass containers
No camping / No launching surf or jetskis
Dogs: No dogs between 17th and 29th Streets from June 1 though Sept. 30, leashed dogs allowed
South of 17th Street, (Dog Beach) leashed dogs permitted all year long.
Sea Grove Park: On the bluff with a grassy playground area good for families and lawn
Powerhouse Park: By the beach, with playground equipment, volleyball, restroom and shower
Del Mar Race Track
Del Mar City Beach North: Dog Beach
Across from the race track, north of "Rivermouth" (San Dieguito River outlet), and
northward is a wide beach. There are shallow sandbars and unpredictable currents, so this area
isn't great for swimming, but the beach is protected from the wind and surf, good for
volleyball games, Frisbee, and dogs dogs dogs. This is Dog Beach, North County's only
dog-friendly beach. Many people attend this beach, especially families with their pets. The
beach is low-key with few incidents, and doggies must be on their best behavior. Keeping the
currents in mind, it's OK to paddle around, and catch a few waves. A lifeguard is on duty in
the summer months.
Sunbathing, relaxing, sand-castle building, volleyball, Frisbee & stick-fetching.
Lifeguard towers & vehicle patrols
Portable toilets: walkway entrance & at 25th Street
Location / Directions:
Del Mar Dog Beach (858) 755-1556
Camino del Mar - Del Mar, CA 92014
North side of the San Dieguito River mouth, off Camino Del Mar across from the race track
Summer: 9am - 8pm Winter: 9am - 5pm
From I-5 North, exit Via de la Valle. Go left, heading west. Continue west up the hill and
turn left onto Camino Del Mar (Old Highway 101) and head south.
From I-5 South, exit Via de la Valle. Go right, heading west. Continue west up the hill and
turn left onto Camino Del Mar and head south.
Metered parking between Via de la Valle and the San Dieguito River mouth. Street parking along
both sides of Camino del Mar (Old Highway 101) south of the river mouth.
Beach access is located to the North side of the beach along the cliffs via a dirt
walkway that wanders down to the beach.
Del Mar Dog Beach is subject to pollution closures due to urban runoff during the rainy winter
Out-of-control doggie behavior is prohibited.
September 15th through June 14th dogs are allowed to run free off-leash. In summer (June 15 -
Sept 15) dogs must be on a leash 6 feet or less in length.
Dog owners: use the city-supplied poopie clean-up mitts.
Del Mar Powerhouse Park &
A well-maintained open park area and beach. The grassy park is perched atop a bluff with an
awesome view and includes a children's play area and picnic facilities. The white, sandy beach
below is great for families and surfers alike. The surf is good for both beginners and
experienced surfers. During the summer, surfing and swimming areas are separated here, and
these rules are enforced.
Sunbathing, swimming, body surfing, board surfing
Lifeguards (north & south of the main beach) in summer.
Restrooms / Shower
Location / Directions:
1658 Coast Blvd Del Mar, CA 92014
Between 15th & 18th (858) 793-6138
From I-5, exit Del Mar Heights Rd, west. Turn right on Camino Del Mar (Old Hwy 101) going
north. Turn left on 15th Street, (near Seagrove Park) heading west, then right on Coast Blvd,
heading north. Watch for the big smokestack on the west side of the street.
Pay parking in the Seagrove lot across the street. Metered parking on Coast Blvd. For street
free parking try further north and south of the beach entrance.
Del Mar Beach South
The area south of 15th Street down to Torrey Pines is most popular with surfers, joggers, and
beach walkers. The beach is clear going all the way south to Torrey Pines except at high-high
tide. There are patches of rock and reef offshore that's great for surfers, but not good for
swimming. There are some fair surf breaks at 15th, 11th, and 7th Streets, and also south of
4th Street near the storm drain pipe. Up on the bluff there is a dirt path that runs parallel
to the train track where joggers and walkers can go for miles without a hitch. There are a
number of citizen trails going down from the cliffs to the beach, but these are unsanctioned
and it is inadvisable to use any of the cliff trails here. These less than appealing features
also make this beach area less crowded.
Location / Directions:
South of 15th St to south of 4th St at Torrey Pines
Exit Del Mar Heights Road: Del Mar Heights leads to the southern-most end of Del Mar Beach at
Pacific Coast Hwy and 4th Street.