The city of Del Mar hosts over 4,400 Southern Californians in a quiet shoreline community in the North County Coastal area of San Diego County. Its name, translated into English, means “of the sea” or “by the sea,” obviously due to its location along the Pacific Ocean. Along the southern edge of Del Mar is the Los Penasquitos Lagoon, known for its colony of the endangered Pinus torreyana. Originally founded in 1885, the town was originally designated to be a seaside resort for the rich and famous.
Del Mar is also known for the Torrey Pine trees that grown in town. Unlike most other places in the world, Del Mar is one of the few locations where the type of pine tree thrives. The Torrey Pine is actually the rarest type in the United States and is one of only two populations of the endangered specie. The Torrey Pines State Beach is the area’s most famous coastal beach and is located adjacent to the Torrey Pines State Reserve. The picturesque landscape of the beach is topped by a 300-foot sandstone cliff that looks over the beach.
One of the Del Mar community’s largest community events is the Del Mar San Diego County Fair, better known by its simple official name, San Diego County Fair. The event includes a number of food booths, rides, games, and other entertainment attractions. Rides are divided between youth and adult categories, the latter being able to enjoy a slew of challenging and somewhat fast attractions. From roller coasters to merry-go-rounds, food booths to pie fights, petting zoos to concerts, the fair brings together a number of fun attractions targeted at making for a memorable weekend.
The Del Mar Racetrack, held every summer as part of the Del Mar Fairgrounds, is an American thoroughbred horse racing track that is comprised of a one-mile main dirt track and a seven furlong turf course. The track has stable capacity for over one thousand horses. The season runs from July to September and includes a number of different races and competitions.
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