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Tourmaline Surfing Park, San Diego

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Tourmaline Surfing Park is a beach access point and a surf spot in North Pacific Beach, San Diego, California, USA. The park is situated at the northern end of Pacific Beach, a short distance south of where the sand beach ends and the rocky promontory of La Jolla begins. There are cliffs to the north and south of Tourmaline Surfing Park, but the park itself lies in Tourmaline Canyon, which cuts down through those cliffs to the beach.

Tourmaline Surfing Park is less than 1000 feet west of the point where Tourmaline Street crosses La Jolla Boulevard. Reaching the park involves a steep, palm-lined descent through Tourmaline Canyon to a fairly large parking lot, which is slightly elevated but situated right beside the beach. There are showers and restrooms, as well as railings and places to sit.
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  • Where can you park just a few steps away from the beach? Here. Go on a weekday and it will be a lot less crowded and that parking will be easy to find. Then you can bring your beach chair and enjoy...  more »
  • We arrived at Tourmaline Surfing Park about 12:30 PM, on a Tuesday in August, and the parking lot had 5-6 open spots, which we greatly appreciated. (I did notice that the lot turnover was reasonable.....  more »
  • The park is awesome! It is good for surfers beginners! Besides it is a great place for for spending time with your children. There are a parking lot and a clean restroom. The beach itself is clean and not overcrowded.
  • Great for surfing. There are bathrooms and a free parking lot (and lots of free street parking up the hill if the lot is full). There aren't many swimmers there, mostly surfers, so it's got some great open space for both white wash waves for beginners near the shore and green water out a bit. The currents can be strong, so keep an eye on where you are and remember to swim parallel to the shore(not towards it) if you get stuck in a rip tide.

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