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Jon Edelbrock | Del Mar Lifeguard Sergeant

 

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From sunrise to sunset, man and his best friend can be seen enjoying North Beach. The area remains one of the few San Diego County beaches with an off-leash voice control area for dogs from the day after Labor Day through June 15th. While a desired haven for canines, the area is not without potential hazards. With dropping tides, the river can create a strong and dangerous outgoing rip current. Animals, like humans, should avoid swimming in strong currents as well as times with contaminated outflow after rainfall.

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At The Del Mar Community Services Department we frequently receive phone calls asking questions about Dog Beach, the area located at the northern-most stretch of our Del Mar beach (referred to by many names, including: Rivermouth, Dog Beach, Sandy Lane, and North Beach). The name most accepted by the community is “North Beach,” as written on the routed wooden sign along the access path to the area.
While always a popular destination for dog owners, North Beach has blossomed over the past five years into a popular beach haven with varied activities nearly every day. With increased efforts to keep the San Dieguito River mouth open, the beach in that area has a more ‘off the beaten path’ island-like feel. Volleyball, surfing, hiking, bird-watching, and beach soccer, have all thrived at North Beach, often irrespective of tidal and wave conditions, unlike much of the rest of the Del Mar beach.

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About five years ago, volleyball began to flourish in full force at North Beach. On weekends, nearly twelve months a year, up to twelve volleyball courts will have players and groups waiting to get onto the court. The greater depth of beach, stretching back to Camino Del Mar, makes for welcome sanctuary during the non-summer months due to the lack of sand at beaches along most of Southern California, including ours.

The surfing at North Beach also has a great deal to offer. With the flow of water from the river, sand is in constant flux, often creating sandbars that help create well-formed punchy waves. Additionally, multiple underwater reef structures provide fine surf to the north of the bluffs in the area.

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Good times are to be had at North Beach year-round. With the diversity of people and activities in the area, respect and great care are necessary to preserve the use for everyone. As with all of Del Mar, continued attention, care, and resources, are given daily to ensure a safe and fun place for all.

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