Want to find a peaceful place for a respite after a day of beach-going and shopping? Here are a few spots to enjoy the Pacific views in Del Mar.
Seagrove Park & Powerhouse Park
Seagrove Park and the adjacent Powerhouse Park comprise Del Mar’s crown jewel, and after you take in the view there, you’ll see why. The sprawling grassy knolls overlook the beach, making it a popular place to sunbathe or dine al fresco at one of the many picnic tables. To see the full scope of this area, begin at the outer rim of Seagrove Park and work your way down to Powerhouse Park, stopping along the routes to gaze at the sea and surfers below. If you walk past the “Tot Lot” play area at Powerhouse Park, you’ll find a small gateway that leads to a dirt path. Follow that trail to a clister of benches where you can sit and bask in the sun. Seagrove Park is located off Coast Blvd. Powerhouse Park is located at 1658 Coast Blvd. Del Mar, 92014; 858-793-6138.
Scripps Bluff Preserve
Perched above Del Mar’s Dog Beach is Scripps Bluff Preserve. Though it’s a relatively steep climb, the view is worth every step. Savor the sunset at this lesser-known preserve. The high vantage point on this bluff gives you a 360-degree of the coastline and the inland lagoons. So, not only can you watch the sun dip down over the Pacific, but you can turn and watch the sky inland change colors, which can be especially spectacular if there happens to be hot air balloons in flight. To access the bluff, use paid parking at North Beach (aka Dog Beach) along Camino del Mar. Dog beach is located at3006 Sandy Lane, Del Mar, CA 92014. As you walk onto North Beach, look for a wooden staircase to your right. Follow the staircase up to a trail that leads you to the top of the bluff.
Del Mar Plaza
Del Mar Plaza is a European-style marketplace that overlooks the Pacific. Patio areas and benches offer plenty of seats with a view, especially on the upper levels. During the summer, check out the free outdoor concerts every Thursday night, and enjoy that sunset with a live soundtrack and maybe a glass of wine. 1555 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar 92014. Learn more at delmarplaza.com.