San Diego Sights

Black's Beach

  • Beach–Sight

Published 07/06/2016

Fodor's Review

The powerful waves at this 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 300-foot-tall 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. Beware the city has posted a "do not use" sign there because the cliff trails are unmaintained and highly dangerous so use at your own risk. If you plan to access Black's from the beaches to the north or south, do so at low tide. High tide and waves can restrict access. Strong rip currents are common—only experienced swimmers should take the plunge. Lifeguards patrol the area only between spring break and mid-October. Also keep your eyes peeled for the hang gliders and paragliders who ascend from atop the cliffs. Parking is available at the Glider Port and Torrey Pines State Beach. Amenities: none. Best for: solitude, nudists, surfing.

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Between Torrey Pines State Beach and La Jolla Shores, La Jolla, California, 92037, USA

Published 07/06/2016


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