Black's Beach, San Diego
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Address: Black's Beach, Torrey Pines Scenic Dr, San Diego, CA 92037
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Although officially a part of Torrey Pines State Beach, it's worth marking Black Beach distinctly from the rest of Torrey Pines for one reason - it's a nudist beach. You can get down to it from the glider port parking area, though the route is quite steep. An easier access point is from the intersection of Blackgold and La Jolla Farms Roads. The beach enjoys some high waves thanks to an underwater canyon, but the same feature can make it dangerous for swimmers. Like the rest of Torrey Pines, cliffs tower of the beach.
Black's Beach Information
- Dogs on leashes only, between 6pm and 9am (4pm-9am November - March)
- Free parking
How To reach Black's Beach by Public Transport
- There are four access points: The Torrey Pines Gliderport Trail, the Salk Canyon Road from UCSD, walking up along Torrey Pines State Beach, and, during low tides, La Jolla Shores. Drive up to the access points.
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Hike is hardcore when coming back up, is pretty awkward unless you're cool with seeing naked old guys. If you keep more to the left side of the beach you won't see as many naked people. Not going to lie, I've seen women get hit on by creepy naked guys here. The landscape is breathe taking, you can see through the lines of sediment and out of all the beaches in San Diego I find the best seashells in this location.
Twice there. Mostly gays naked, few women so that says that it's probably a gay beach but not limited to some families with kids. Beautiful scenery. Big beach without danger of the waves. Easy to swim and enjoy.
I haven't been to Black's Beach for decades. The amount of sunbathers below the scenic sandstone cliffs has greatly diminished however, the south beach is a 🌐 renowned surfing beach - both the lefthanders and righthanders often produce some very clean and righteous waves, especially in the 6' to 10' range ; "the road lefts" are simply awesome, especially on a W, WNW or a NW swell and it's best on almost any tide, except for the higher tides, which are greater than those in the 6.0 foot to 7.2+ foot range. When it's really pumping, you can usually expect it to be a total "zoo." There aren't really any "locals" at Black's however, that's a debatable subject, as many affluent UCSD students - who have dorms above the beach - seem to think that they "own the beach." I spent decades surfing Black's and you can still have a "hot" day out there, if you're lucky ;In my opinion, Black's is for experienced surfers only!😎✌. They once had lifeguards however, setting up a "picnic table" and patrolling the beach for naked babes and performing an occasional "cliff rescue" - an extremely dangerous situation that didn't merit a 'summer staff' of up to 10 guards ; for every rescue at Black' s, there were dozens at the Shores. Black's will handle some really big 🏄🌊, up to 12'+ but getting to the outside can be gnarly, especially when faced by a "clean-up" set. There still is some limited - two hour - parking on selected streets within the posh "La Jolla Farms" area however, I often used "The Bulldozer Trail" : A dangerous and ecologically damaging route... The south beach - controlled by UCSD and the City of San Diego is off limits to nudity. The north - state controlled beach - is a "clothing optional beach"and is NOT surfable! Although signage indicates the area is protected, the city allows the nudists to continually repair a hazardous trail -The Broadway Trail - to the beach below ; after a large amout of rain, this trail is not passable and a public hazard! I was told that the path was kept open, for "political reasons." The far northern area above houses the world famous San Diego Gliderport ; paragliding and hang-gliding is very popular here! A beginner can get "soaring lessons" (licenses are required) or pay a certified glider specialist for a "tandem ride" above the 300' cliffs ; there is also a snack bar/ equipment shop and a viewing area too. Parking is still free. There is also an area reserved for model plane enthusiasts however, there are now time constraints in regards to "flying times." During certain seasonal periods, large gliders are able to utilize the area using a " towing system." The far north area, using the so-called ecologically protected Indian Canyon Trail, is primarily a gay beach. I would warn unaccompanied women to avoid this area, as "straight men" walk around with hidden cameras,attempting to film naked women. Some will also sit around them in a star formation - and "oogle" them. The ocean, after a few storms, is also filthy and polluted with sewage from the lax development of the south Torrey Pines Road building complexes and the smell reeks! The area is supposedly a "state environmentally protected area" and last I remember, the County park rangers and lifeguards - who occasionally patrol the north area - had collected scrapbooks full of apprehended lobster poachers and all " bugs" were undersized. There are often (seasonal) large pods of dolphins who feed on anchovey schools that sometimes frequent this area however, most are gone; grunion also sometimes mate at the northern most area ; the times are a well-kept "local secret" and it's also seasonal. It's one of San Diego's most scenic walks ; from Torrey Pines Park to the Scripps Tide Pools and back - at low tide - reveal some marvellous sights. Torrey Pines State Park - at the south end of Torrey Pines Beach - offers a beautiful museum and myriad hiking trails however, there is a fee for parking and it closes at night.
As a single woman who is accustomed to travleing alone and has been to many nude hot springs, etc, the culture here is very disappointing. So many guys approaching, asking for my number (when I walked away into the water he continued to follow me and yell at me fom the beach) even offering me massages. Tip to guys who come here: stop approaching/oogling women. The setting was beautiful, but I would have enjoyed it much more if I didn't feel constantly harassed. Men: you are not being friendly or flattering. Stop staring at me and commenting on my body. Beaches like this should be beautiful, safe spaces for all.
Lovely place, safe and friendly people. However, the ocean is very dirty. I recommend walking instead of swimming.
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