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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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  • September 19, 2017
    Beautiful beach, but you need some preparation to get down the stairs and some 280 ramps to get to the beach! Don't forget to take something to eat and drink if you want to stay there because the beach has no structure. Once there, you'll enjoy a show of paraglaiders and Delta wing! Important to know that many people practice Nudism there, so if you don't feel comfortable, better find another beach or just enjoy the view!
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  • September 16, 2017
    Sand Sun And Good vibes You have 2 options to get there One from Torrey Pines Glide Port and then you have to hike around 10/15 minutes down from the cliff, there is stairs there. Option 2 Walk from L...  more »
  • September 13, 2017
    Come!! It's such a fun combination of different landscapes. You have the edge of the cliff pictures, you have a fun walk down and then upppppppp a long walkway down a mountain, then a beautiful beach ...  more »

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