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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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  • Me and my partner went to our first nude beach here, a bit of walking required to get to the nude section. Everyone was very friendly and we didn't feel oggled. We felt safe enough to leave our things...  more »
  • We went to San Diego just for this beach. The walk down to get here is not super easy. You must wear real shoes! :-) The beach is beautiful... Lots of naked men a few women.  more »
  • Other than the occasional nudist in the area, this is probably one of the most secluded beaches you can access in San Diego. You can start at the Glider Port and then hike down the cliff. Once there, ...  more »