About Del Mar

Incorporated in 1959, the City of Del Mar is a quaint seaside village located just 20 miles north of San Diego.  With a population of approximately 4,200 people, and covering just 2.2 square miles, Del Mar is known for its vibrant small-town atmosphere. Del Mar attracts residents, and upwards of 2 million visitors annually from all over the world, who come to enjoy the beautiful dog-friendly beaches, hiking trails, scenic views, and the many shops and dining opportunities located within the Del Mar village. 

The community is primarily comprised of single-family residential neighborhoods, with retail uses and restaurants in the downtown, a small commercial area, and several hotels.  The City employs approximately 60 full-time employees, and 70 part-time, seasonal employees, which operate out of the City’s Civic Center, Lifeguard Headquarters, Del Mar Fire Station, and Public Works yard and administration building.  The City provides law enforcement services through a contract with the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, and fire administration is provided through a mutual agreement between the cities of Del Mar, Encinitas, and Solana Beach.

There are many local events to enjoy in the City. Residents and visitors alike have the opportunity to attend many signature events put on annually by the Del Mar Village Association, the weekly Farmers Market, and year-round events held at the Del Mar Fairgrounds including the San Diego County Fair, renowned KABOO music event, and Del Mar horse races.

City Vision Statement

At a Special Council meeting on February 27, 2021, the Del Mar City Council adopted the following vision statement:

The vision for the City of Del Mar is to be a residential community with a vibrant downtown and a tranquil place of natural beauty where residents and visitors feel safe and enjoy opportunities for recreation and quality of life.