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Things to Know about the Beaches in
Del Mar


For safety precautions, Del Mar prohibits open fires at the beach.

Visitors are welcome to grill using charcoal and their own small grills.

Alcohol is allowed at the beach, with the exception of the July 4th Holiday.
Glass containers are not allowed.

The blue flags on Del Mar beaches designate “safe swimming” areas.

The yellow sign with the black ball means that no surfing is allowed in the area.
No-surf areas are determined by lifeguards based on the size of the surf, the number of beach patrons, lifeguard staffing, and other considerations.

If caught in a rip current, the best thing to do is to try and relax and begin to swim parallel to shore.
It might not feel like you are making progress, but continue to relax and swim parallel to the shore.
Once you feel that you are out of the rip current, then begin to swim towards the shore.
If you would like more information about rip currents and what they look like,
feel free to contact a lifeguard at the main tower at 17th Street.

The Del Mar Lifeguard Association has tide books available at the main lifeguard tower at 17th Street.
Stop by, they're FREE!!

A facility use permit is required for any scheduled use of parks, beaches, or the Powerhouse Community Center
which involves more than twenty-five individuals. Please contact the Community Services
Department at (858) 755-1524 or stop by the Lifeguard Headquarters at 1700 Coast Boulevard for your application.

Dogs are allowed on the beaches based on the following rules:
North of 29th Street
June 16th through September 14th
Leash Required
September 15th through June 15th
Off-leash and under voice control

South of 29th Street and North of Powerhouse Park
October 1st through May 31st
Leash Required
June 1st through September 30th
Dogs Prohibited

South of Powerhouse Park
Allowed Year round
Leash Required

Powerhouse Community Center Hours
Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. from June through September.
October through May it is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Public restrooms are located under the stage area at the Powerhouse building
and at the 17th Street Lifeguard Station.
Additional restrooms are available at the 25th street lifeguard tower.

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