Spending Your Summer in Del Mar: Everything You Need to Know for a Memorable Family Vacation

Del Mar is a famed destination for family vacations year-round. In the summer, though, it becomes even more popular—and we can see why. The pristine beaches, beautiful nature trails, outstanding cuisine, and perfect temperatures all beckon families to visit.

Whether you make a trip to our seaside town a summer tradition or are planning on visiting for the first time, you want to make sure your vacation is a memorable one. Here are three things you won’t want to forget if you’re planning on making the most of your family time here in Del Mar.

Don’t Forget to Fuel Up Before Your Adventures

With so many outdoor activities in Del Mar, you’ll probably find yourself adventuring around the city for most of the day. Surf lessons, hikes, and playing in the sand at Dog Beach can take a lot out of you. That’s why it’s important to fuel up before heading out. There are plenty of amazing local brunch places, but Pacifica Breeze Café is always a favorite. The causal spot overlooks the Pacific Ocean and the charming Village of Old Del Mar and serves breakfast until 1:30 p.m. You can grab something filling like the Del Mar Power Scramble or go for a lighter item like an acai bowl—either way, starting with a great breakfast will give you all the energy you need to take on the day ahead.

Don’t Forget the Sunscreen

Since most activities involve frolicking in the sun, you’ll want to make sure you lather up with sunscreen. Reapplying every few hours—especially if you’re hitting the water—is also necessary. After all, you wouldn’t want a sunburn to ruin the rest of your stay.

Don’t Forget to Wind Down After a Long Day

Just because the sun goes down, doesn’t mean the fun has to end. Del Mar Plaza’s Ocean View Deck plays host to Seaside Sessions—a concert series that takes place on Thursdays and Saturdays through September. It’s the perfect opportunity to enjoy one of the Plaza’s award-winning restaurants, watch the sun set, and unwind while listening to live music. If you miss the show, you can still dine and wind down. Il Fornaio has a charming outdoor fireplace that was practically made for sipping wine and relaxing.

For more activities and places to dine with your family, check out Del Mar Plaza online.