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Located in the upscale community of La Jolla, Blacks Beach is one of the greatest beaches in Southern California. Sitting at the base of majestic 300-foot bluffs, the beach itself is very long and narrow. The extensive sandy strip is popular with students from the nearby University of California San Diego, as well as local nudists. Blacks Beach is also a world class surfing and diving area.
Formally known as Torrey Pines City Beach and Torrey Pines State Beach, Blacks Beach is jointly owned by the City of San Diego and the State of California. Beachgoers on the San Diego side are required to wear bathing suits over their birthday suits or risk a citation and fine, however this law is seldom enforced. Torrey Pines State Park permits nudity on a clothing-optional section of its more than 2 miles of state-owned beach property.
On the cliff tops high above Blacks Beach is a glider port that overlooks the beach. The views from the glider port are breathtaking, and a "must see" for nature lovers, however this isn't a real tourist attraction, so don't expect any facilities. Access to Blacks Beach is very difficult due to the high cliffs. You can walk down the treacherous trail from the glider port on Torrey Pines Road, however the safest access is from adjacent beaches to the north and south, but these routes may be obstructed by high tides or surf.
Blacks Beach is perfect for lying in the sun, playing volleyball, surfing, taking in the views of the ocean and the striking cliffs that frame the beach, or for watching the kamikaze hang-gliders skirting the edge of the cliffs.
Blacks Beach does get crowded with people all kinds: surfers, walkers, volleyball players - you name it - - and some of them are likley to be in the nude. Overall, Blacks Beach is a great place to relax and have fun. If you're in the area, it is definitely worth a visit.
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Directions and Parking:
From the north, take Interstate 5 south to Carmel Valley Road. West on Carmel Valley Road to Pacific Coast Highway. South on Pacific Coast Highway to Torrey Pines State Beach. A paid-parking lot is available with 450 spaces, including eight disabled parking spaces. Walk south from this lot approximately one mile using caution regarding the unstable cliffs above and tidal conditions which may obstruct passage.
From the south, take Interstate 5 north to Ardath Road. Take a right at the intersection of La Jolla Shores Drive and a left on Calle Frescota to the free public parking lot at La Jolla Shores. This lot includes 350 spaces, including eight disabled parking spaces. Walk north one mile, use caution regarding the unstable cliffs above and tidal conditions which may obstruct passage. Unimproved parking is also available at the Glider Port above Black's Beach, but the only access to the beach is via unimproved natural paths which can be very hazardous.