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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 6:00 p.m., year round. Due to budget cuts, lifeguard patrols were limited but have increased because of funding by UCSD. Stingrays can be found along the coastline when the water gets above 50 degrees.
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  • A beach to the open sea where you can practice Nudism. I was at the beginning of September 2016, the last week of summer. Eye: You have to get off a cliff, not you imagine that it is down a quiet mountain. It is a cliff, not suitable for rapid. Wear shoes of sport or mountain for up and down the cliff. Nudist beach with people of all sexual preferences, which I recommend for people with an open mind. Not suitable for judging. There is no sale of food or drink.
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  • As nudists, we immediately fell in love with this beach! Can take a nice long beach stroll with no issues, not a lot of clothing optional beaches have this sort of long shoreline to walk. The climb do...  more »
  • This is a great beach, but not for everyone. We could barely see the beach from the cliff top because of the fog. Decided to hike down anyway. It's not super easy to hike the Cliffside and the stairs ...  more »