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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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  • So we ventured to Blacks Beach. Yes, there were naked people,no supermodels just regular people laying in the sun. No one was inappropriate or creepy so you can just go naked or don’t, there are plent...  more »
  • Not so “nude” beach nor a secluded area. 90% of people were tourists with full clothing on , so you’re basically just a show to them as they walk back in forth to look at the “nudest” . There were eve...  more »
  • Recently I learned that he was a nudist beach when I arrived, but it has a beautiful view! I did also paragliding, it was amazing!
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  • Loved it! Bring cash if you need "a" h20 or you have to buy $8 to use card. Also be aware of the correct way to get down to beach, my first time I almost got stuck. The only negitive I have is children were there; not comfortable being naked then.. Oh and just for laughs; jump roping naked.?.!😵
  • As a Lady, I give this Nude Beach 2.5 Stars. When trying to find a place to put my towel, I noticed that the nude people who congregate at the North part were a majority of older men. So I stayed more South, and had a large amount of space between me and the next people, couples, some were nude & some weren't. This was nice for quite a while, but then it was pretty uncomfortable when I noticed a nude man laying on his towel would not stop shamelessly staring at me, amongst other things, like shouting, "thanks for the view..." Then a older man repeatedly kept walking back and forth in front of me, trying to talk to me...so I deemed it time to leave. Call me naive but I expected it to be more male/female balance and less predatory. Alas we are still on the West Coast and not on the shores of Europe. I really enjoyed watching the ocean and natural cliffs, but I felt that this beach is more for nude guys, and couples. For a single girl trying to relax & sunbathe in her own space, it was not the level of comfort or respect I expected. If I went back, I would bring a guy friend.
  • I love this place. Only thing is single women seem to be afraid to socialize. But want to be social!! SMH if you're a single nudist bring, a friend!!
  • My favorite beach in the world everyone is so nice just pure beauty.
  • Beautiful beach but too many naked dudes behaving oddly.
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