Out & About—Del Mar Shores beach in Solana Beach CA

Out & About

San Diego County has an overabundance of great beaches, and the fact that all beaches in the State of California are public means that one can enjoy them, providing that one can get to them.

Many wealthy neighborhoods don’t like commoners on their beaches, so they purposely make it difficult for the public to get to the beaches.

The City of Solana Beach is a great example.

Recently I was trying to get to Del Mar Shores beach. I had not been there in about twenty years but knew that there was a beautiful, new staircase leading down to the beach. Finding that staircase without walking up the beach for ten miles proved to be more difficult than I had thought.

I finally found the beach access on a small cul-de-sac:

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Although the sign and walkway are quite visible, that picture is from a web site that I browse looking for unique San Diego. The walkway now is overgrown with bushes and trees, and the sign and walkway entrance are obscured by car parking. Thus, if you’re just casually driving by—and no one is going to casually drive by in a cul-de-sac to begin with!—you’ll miss it. In fact, I missed it twice before finding it the third time. Well, my wise old grandmother always said that the third time is the charm!

The walkway goes around two sides of the Del Mar Shores Terrace condominiums. Here’s the second side leading to the beach:

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Even though I was there on a weekend, you can see that it wasn’t busy. I’m thinking because no one can find it!

At the end of the walkway is a magnificent view of the beach from the top of 150-foot cliffs:

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Then there is the view down the grand staircase:

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It’s absolutely necessary to traverse the stairs to get to the bottom so you can see this view of what you just came down:

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The “NO DOGS ALLOWED” sign at the beginning of the walkway is confusing because dogs are allowed, albeit only to the south side of the stairs, not the north side.

A walk on the beach provides views of magnificent beachside cliff homes and condominium complexes, as well as the interesting retaining walls that keep them up there.

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Map showing access to Del Mar Shores beach in Solana Beach

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18 thoughts on “Out & About—Del Mar Shores beach in Solana Beach CA

  1. smilingtoad

    Very interesting retaining walls, indeed! And that surf looked MOST inviting…how did the waves look to you? Enough to pummel an old sea-hound like me? (South side of the staircase, of course.) I’m currently despairing at the shore of a parking-lot-flat ocean over here in Florida, and if that was not bad enough, I’m also constantly being run over by rogue behemoth sea-turtles, impatient to nest (sort of the same mentality as mothers with offspring-laden carts in grocery stores…). They won’t even wait for me to stagger out of the way…(neither the turtles nor the grocery-store mothers…) So it goes.

    This is JUST the sort of beach I’d love to find in San Diego. Quiet, relaxed, and hidden, with some body to the water. 🙂 Beautiful images and thrilling post, as always. Best wishes,

    Autumn Jade

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    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      I think Encinitas and Solana Beach have the best waves with the best scenery, and since many of their beaches are difficult to get to, the general public tends to go to Ocean Beach, Coronado, and Carlsbad where the beaches are more parking-lot-flat and easy to get to.

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    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      I originally was going to walk the beaches from San Dieguito Lagoon up to Del Mar Shores but the San Dieguito River mouth is too deep to walk across and, with my camera, obviously I couldn’t swim across. So I had to spend time finding the actual beach access.

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    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      My formative years in high school were spent on Padre Island and Mustang Island. Padre was our favorite, about ten miles down on the National Seashore, across from Baffin Bay. We lived in Kingsville, so to get where we wanted to go we had to drive about 60 miles, north, east, then south. If we had a plane or boat big enough to hold all of us, just 10 miles directly east across Baffin Bay………LOL

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