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Black's Beach, San Diego

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Black's Beach is a secluded section of beach beneath the bluffs of Torrey Pines on the Pacific Ocean in La Jolla, San Diego, California, United States. It is officially part of Torrey Pines State Beach. The northern portion of Black's Beach is owned and managed by the California Department of Parks and Recreation, while the southern portion of the beach, officially known as Torrey Pines City Beach, is jointly owned by the city of San Diego and the state park, but is managed by the city of San Diego. This distinction is important as Black’s Beach is most known as a nude beach, a practice that is no longer permitted in the southern portion managed by the city of San Diego.Black's Beach was named for the Black family who had a horse farm overlooking the beach. They sold the land, and then it was subdivided into La Jolla Farms lots. The Farms' residents retained the Black family’s private road to the beach. Many mansions can be seen in the southern portion of the beach, including the Salk Mansion. There is a funicular that goes all the way down from a mansion on the cliff to the beach into a structure known by locals as the mushroom house.A submarine canyon funnels swells into Black's Beach, making it appealing to surfers but dangerous for inexperienced swimmers. Usually, lifeguards are at the beach until 6pm, year round. Due to budget cuts, lifeguard patrols were limited but have increased because of funding by UCSD. Dolphins can be spotted swimming along the coast. Stingrays can be found along the coastline when the water gets above 50 degrees.
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  • If nudity bothers you don't go. We parked at the end of Torrey Pines Park and walked down the cliff. Very steep and a ton of fun climbing down and back up. If you are out of shape this maybe difficult...  more »
  • This beach is beautifully set below the cliffs and requires a short hike down a dirt trail. The water & beach are great and for those that are looking for a clothing optional area - it's there and des...  more »
  • Anytime I am in San Diego, the first place I head for is Black's Beach. Yes, it is a hike down and back up and I wouldn't recommend it if you have health problems. I have been a nudist most of my life...  more »