Costa Del Mar was founded in 1983, and that year was asked by a NOAA nature sanctuary to donate polarized sunglasses to them. The first style of sunglasses released by Costa Del Mar was called "Catalina." It is still in production, although the name has changed to "Grand Catalina." The first lens developed by Costa Del Mar was The Costa 400 in CR-39 material. In 1986, Costa Del Mar created the The Costa 400 in a glass lens. The company provided sunglasses to Jacques Cousteau and the Cousteau Society, and lenses for the team-issue frames of the F-16C Eastern Demo Team. Additionally, Costa Del Mar launched its premium lens, The Costa 580 in August 2000. On April 22, 2003, A. T. Cross bought Costa Del Mar Sunglasses. Today, the list of pro guides and outdoor personalities that use Costa Del Mar sunglasses includes Jose Wejebe, Cindy Garrison, and Blair Wiggins.