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Black's Beach

Black's Beach

Black's Beach La Jolla
2800 Torrey Pines Scenic Dr
La Jolla, CA 92037
Everyday 6 a.m. - 8 a.m.

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Black's Beach in San Diego is located just north of La Jolla Shores and beneath the Torrey Pines bluffs. It is named after the Blacks family, who once owned a horse farm on the cliffs overlooking the beach. San Diego Black's Beach is now broken into two portions, a northern and southern region. The northern territory is owned by the state park while the southern portion is owned by the city. Don't be surprised if you see beach goers flashing a little extra skin than usual because in the northern state park run area of the Black's Beach nudity is permitted. The bikini and swim trunks optional stretch of San Diego Black's Beach is a little over a mile and a popular spot for Southern California nudists and naturists.

San Diego Black's Beach is also famous among surfers as it is considered one of the strongest surf breaks in Southern California. The powerful waves are due to the Scripps Canyon, an underwater submarine canyon, which funnels the waves toward the shore. The surf in Black's Beach San Diego is recommended for experienced surfers only, and although there are lifeguards on duty, swimmers are advised to avoid the rip currents at San Diego Black's BeachBlack's Beach visitors should also check out the sky to catch sight of flights, as the cliffs are a common area for daring hang gliders and paragliders to take off into the air. 

There are several ways to reach the secluded San Diego beach, but beach goers are to be warned about the unmaintained trails, high cliffs and the risk for landslides. Also, depending on the trail taken to Black's Beach San Diego, some visitors may encounter high tide or strong surf. The four access routes include the Torrey Pines Glider Port Trail, which is the most used, but also considered an unstable route, the Torrey Pines State Park entrance, and the Torrey Pines State Beach and La Jolla Shores access, which are both blocked at high tide. Although the hike down to San Diego Black's Beach can be a treacherous one, the private sand and sea are well worth the extra effort.

  • Warning: Hikers should use caution when accessing the 300-foot cliff trails down to the shore.
  • Nudity: Swimsuits are optional in the northern portion of Black's Beach in San Diego.
  • Directions: From 5 FWY take Carmel Valley Road west toward Pacific Coast Highway.

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