Torrey Pines Gliderport, San Diego

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  • Address: 2800 Torrey Pines Scenic Dr, La Jolla, CA 92037, 92037, San Diego, United States
  • Timings: 09:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
  • Phone: +1-8584529858
  • Fax: +1-8584529983
  • Time Required: 01:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Outdoors, Family And Kids, Adventure, Landmarks, Parks, Natural Parks
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About Torrey Pines Gliderport, San Diego

Dubbed the 'Kitty Hawk of the West', this historic glider airport has been in near constant use since 1930. Access is free, and you don't even need to fly to enjoy a day out here. Many content themselves in two other ways. The first is dining at the the Cliff Hanger Cafe; locals like to say it's the best place for sandwich with a view. Dolphins and whales can sometimes be seen from the cliffs. The second is to head down to the nearby Black Beach to watch others in flight. There is one runway from the ocean cliffs at Torrey Pines where people can take off. Food and drinks can be had at. Saturday evenings in April are a time for barbeque and live music.

The The Torrey Pines Gliderport does offer lessons though, though the prices can be steep.

Torrey Pines Gliderport Opening and Closing Hours

  • Cliff Hanger Cafe: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm.

 

How To reach Torrey Pines Gliderport by Public Transport

  • Bus 101 stop N Torrey Pines Rd & Torrey Pines Scenic Dr.
  • By Car.

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  • I am not a hang glider, but I came here several times during breaks while providing customer service/security for the Farmers' Insurance PGA Open this past weekend. The cafe here has some nice sandwiches and a variety of sodas at a not cheap but quite reasonable price for the venue it is, a busy beach cafe. Sit at the cafe's picnic tables and enjoy looking out at the beach over the grassy area where the hang gliders launch. If you're blessed (as I was) you'll see at least one take off. I will caution that while you can (as I understand it) access Black's Beach from here, you will have to walk quite a distance on a trail, as the entire area I saw, both at Gliderport, and on the bluffs behind Salk Institute, are up on cliffs. I'd choose a different beach if I wanted to go down on the beach, but having lived in northern California for awhile, I do love walking on headlands above the ocean, which I was able to do behind Salk and could be done from Gliderport as well.

  • Great place to come watch the sunset, or partake in gliding if you're adventurous. They offer classes and instructor-tag along flights. There's also a cafe that has good sandwiches, refreshments and ice cream. Their hours are weird tho, so make sure to call or check in advance. Also they're closed at night. Beautiful views and a must see in San Diego. Plenty of parking (unpaved lot).

  • Torrent Pines, AKA Gliderport, is a great access point to the beach. Up on a high cliff, you can peer down at the water as you carefully make your way down the busy and steep steps. With the beach and the University (UCSD) within walking distance, Gliderport is a popular place to park for students and tourists alike. The beach, also known as Blacks Beach, is a nude beach. Most days you can see surfers and a few naked men. In general, it's a great, if not slightly busy, place to relax, swim, and enjoy the sunny San Diego climate. Don't forget that whatever goes down, must come up ;)!

  • Great place to hang out. If the conditions are right, you can see many para gliders take off from here. There is a small shop where you could buy some snacks and enjoy while taking in the vibrant sunsets.

  • The Gliderport is one of my favorite places to go and reconnect with nature. The sunsets are epic, and the gliders so inspiring to watch. If you're a first timer, my only point of caution is that the hike down the stairs brings you to Black's, the nude beach. Not everyone is nude, but when I ran down unknowingly so many years ago I found out firsthand..

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