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Black's Beach Review
The powerful waves at this beach, officially known as Torrey Pines City Park beach, attract world-class surfers, and the strand's relative isolation appeals to nudist nature lovers (although by law nudity is prohibited) as well as gays and lesbians. Backed by cliffs whose colors change with the sun's angle, Black's can be accessed from Torrey Pines State Beach to the north, or by a narrow path descending the cliffs from Torrey Pines Glider Port. Access to parts of the shore coincides with low tide. Lifeguards patrol the area only between spring break and mid-October. Strong rip currents are common—only experienced swimmers should take the plunge. Storms have weakened the cliffs in the past few years; they're dangerous to climb and should be avoided. Part of the fun here is watching hang gliders and paragliders ascend from atop the cliffs. Parking is available at the Torrey Pines Glider Port and La Jolla Farms. Amenities: None. Best for: solitude, nudists, surfing.
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