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Mushroom Beach, San Diego

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Black's Beach is the largest nude beach in the United States.

Portions of the beach lie under city property and other parts lie in the zone of a state park, where nudity has been legal under the Cahill policy until recently.

The "Cahill Policy", A 30 year policy keeping clothing-optional beaches an option at some California State Parks and Beaches has been revoked and is now being fought in the US Supreme Court.

The State has revoked the right to go nude at San Onofre State Beach north of San Diego near San Clemente.

The termination of this policy which has protected San Onofre Beach, means that Black's Beach and all other clothing optional beaches in the state park system could be closed unless we speak up now.

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More About Black's Beach:

Black's Beach is a two mile long, sandy strip situated at the base of majestic cliffs up to 300 feet high. It is formally known as Torrey Pines Beach. Black's Beach is in La Jolla, San Diego, California.

It is situated north of downtown La Jolla and south of Torrey Pines State Park. Access is available from La Jolla, Torrey Pines State Park, or via trails down the cliffside by the historic Torrey Pines Gliderport near the Salk Institute.

Part of Black's Beach is within the State Park, and part within the City of San Diego. Nudity is prohibited on the city portion of the beach, but is tolerated for about a mile north of the trail head leading to the gliderport -- the portion within the State Park.

Black's Beach is known to surfers as one of the most powerful beach breaks in Southern California. The waves gain the power due to the focusing effects of an underwater canyon just offshore.

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 La Jolla Parkway. 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. Note: 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. Please be careful!
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  • A wonderful beach in all regards—-walking, surfing, wading, or just viewing. We spent about an hour, and will be back frequently.  more »
  • The directions provided here are solid. Park in the neighborhood just east for free. There’s a white stairway that leads down to the rocks. There’s a section of flat rocks to have a picnic. There are....  more »
  • I love the hike down. The hike back to the parking lot is challenging. Beautiful beach. Hang gliders are entertaining to watch.
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