Del Mar Sunset Balloon Ride
Del Mar, CA
Year round, 7 days a week. Meet times vary depending on time of year, approximately 1 hour before sunset.
- Head pilots have over 30 years experience flying hot air balloons
- Enjoy stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and coastal bluffs surrounding Del Mar
- Champagne and sparkling cider served aloft during your flight
- Embrace the serenity of flight as you glide effortlessly 1,500 feet above the ground
Experience spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean, the coastal bluffs surrounding Del Mar and of course, a wonderful sunset on this romantic, sunset balloon flight.
Enjoy your champagne, or sparkling cider, as you float by the lush setting of the estate homes of Rancho Santa Fe amdist a glowing, peaceful sunset.
View the mountains bordering the Borrego Desert to the east, and on an especially clear day, the Coronado Islands to the south.
Enjoy an inspired adventure filled with beautiful, sweeping vistas, panoramic views and sky sailing fun that will make for lifelong memories.
Participants must be at least 7 years of age and be able to climb in and out of the balloon.
When you make booking requests, please indicate the estimated weights of the participants.
3-4 hours total with approximately 1 hour of flight time.
6-14 per balloon depending on overall weight and balloon type.
This experience is weather dependent. Always contact the Experience provider with any questions regarding weather conditions.
What to Wear:
Wear casual outdoor active wear, and a jacket, sweatshirt or fleece pullover. Closed toe shoes are required, no high heels. Because the balloon burners radiate heat, we recommend that if you are over six feet tall that you wear a hat or a cap. In the cooler months, we suggest bringing gloves.
For this experience, it is recommended to request bookings at least 7 days in advance. However, last minute requests will be taken based on availability.
Prior to scheduling/booking a date for this experience, Cloud 9's standard return and exchange policy shall apply. Once you have scheduled a date and received a booking confirmation, no refunds will be given. Rescheduling is allowed up to 14 days prior to your experience, failure to appear on your booked date or to reschedule at least 14 days prior to your booked date will result in the loss of the value of your experience. In the event your experience is canceled due to inclement weather you will reschedule your experience directly with your experience provider.
What about Safety?
This balloon company has built their entire reputation on providing you with the adventure of your life. Since 1977 their pilots, staff, and crew have been extensively trained by employing rigid company practices that go beyond those required by law.
What should I wear?
Recommended attire is casual outdoor active wear, and a jacket, sweatshirt or fleece pullover. Comfortable shoes are suggested (no high heels). Because the balloon burners radiate heat, we recommend that if you are over six feet tall that you wear a hat or a cap. In the cooler months you can bring some gloves to wear.
What can I Bring?
A camera! A video camera! It is recommended you leave all other personal possessions safely locked in your car.
What about bad weather?
Weather is obviously an important factor in ballooning. That is why we have "mandatory" phone calls prior to each flight, for that final "weather confirmation". If we do have to cancel the flight because of weather conditions, of course, there is no charge to our passengers. We usually will be able to fly the following day, either Sunrise or Sunset Flights. It is highly recommended that you keep a couple of "optional" days in mind when making your balloon ride reservation, just in case there is a weather cancellation.
How long will my adventure last?
From the time you leave your car until the time you return to your car, the time involved is usually three to three and a half hours. This includes driving you to the launch site in one of our Club Vans, watching the inflation of the balloon (perfect opportunity to use those cameras), the balloon ride itself, and having the celebration after landing. We also give you a "photo flight certificate" signed by your pilot that commemorates your ballooning adventure! And of course for our Sunrise Flight, you will also enjoy the breakfast at La Vindemia. Of course, we drive you back to the meeting location.
How many people will fit and are there any size or weight restrictions?
That depends on the number of reservations we have for that ride. We have a variety of colorful balloons, the smallest accommodates six to eight passengers, and the largest accommodates fourteen passengers! All of our baskets are large, European design, and partitioned to give each passenger maximum comfort and visibility.
How high will we go?
When you are aloft in the balloon you will be around fifteen hundred feet above the earth, and that's what makes those views so fantastic!
How far will we travel?
The average distance that you will travel in the balloon is three to seven miles, depending on winds.
What if I have motion sickness?
There is no turbulence sway or keel in a hot air balloon. However, if you are especially sensitive to motion, medication should be effective.
Can I steer?
A balloon moves with the wind, at the same speed and in the same direction. So no you can not steer in the traditional sense however "steering" is done by ascending or descending into the wind "layers" to move your course from one heading or direction to another heading maybe to the right or left based on the winds available on a giving day.
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"I would highly recommend this balloon ride experience! It is such a wonderful way to celebrate birthdays or anniversaries. The experience takes you to the top of the world! "
"We're always looking for something new to do. Standing in a wicker basket 6,200 feet in the air with nothing but a balloon over us is not something we had ever done before. The setup was cool to watch, the guys were engaging to talk to, and lifting off the ground was awesome. We went down for my boys' birthday (turned 17 and 14). The time we had was awesome and the view from our sunset tour was amazing. Seeing the other balloons in the air with us was really neat too. I would definitely do it again and have recommended this company to friends already."