San Diego's "Golden North Coast" begins at La Jolla Cove and continues north via Torrey Pines, to Del Mar, and into Solana Beach, Cardiff by the Sea, Encinitas, La Costa, Carlsbad and Oceanside. Pacific Coast Highway 1 (PCH) passes through all of these unique beachside communities, often providing striking views of the beaches. Just three miles inland from Del Mar is the famed Rancho Santa Fe with several luxury home communities such as Fairbanks Ranch, The Bridges, The Crosby, Cielo and the adjacent communities of Santaluz, Del Mar Mesa and The Meadows Del Mar.
Del Mar, Spanish for "by the sea" dates back to 1882. Founder Colonel Jacob Taylor bought more than 330 acres and built a resort called Casa Del Mar. The resort was used by the most well known of vacationing Hollywood stars in the 1930s and 1940s.
Del Mar is centered around a "small town" village with a beautiful ocean front park. It has a small town feel, and provides all of the amenities a person could desire. There are unbelievable expanses of local beach where surfing, body-boarding, swimming, dog walking and jogging are all popular pastimes. Beyond the beach, Del Mar and its surrounding areas offer varied opportunities such as the Scripps Aquarium, a daily ferry to Catalina, the Palomar Observatory, and of course the famed Del Mar Racetrack.
San Diego has many other attractions just a short drive away such as Balboa Park with the Aerospace Museum, Natural History Museum, San Diego Opera and San Diego Symphony. The city's crown jewels, however, are the San Diego Museum of Art, which houses both modern and historical art exhibits, and of course the San Diego Zoo, Wild Animal Park, Sea World and Legoland. Sports fans also have a number of options with the San Diego Padres at their new downtown baseball stadium, Petco Park, the San Diego Chargers at the Qualcomm Stadium in nearby Mission Valley, and a women's soccer team, the San Diego Spirit.
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