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Black's Beach, San Diego

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Beach · Nature / Park
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 now prohibited in the southern portion managed by the city of San Diego.
Black's Beach was named for the Black family who had a horse ranch 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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  • We parked in the La Jolla Shores neighborhood. Had no problem finding a spot right near the entrance to the road that takes you down to the beach. The walk down to the beach has beautiful views...  more »
  • My wife and I hiked from the Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve hills down the beach trail to the shore. We then headed south and walked the two miles or so to Blacks Beach. Blacks is sparsely...  more »
  • Wonderful beach. That said, the trip down...Beautiful but dangerous. Wear hiking shoes NOT sandals or flip flops. You are just asking to slip and twist or break something or die. Seriously. And the walk back up is brutal. Take your time both directions. Rest and stay hydrated.
  • I love this beach and it's a short walk from UCSD! The hike is actually really fun, but make sure you're in the mood to walk. There's many points where you can just stop and take in the surrounding beauty. There are also a lot of places you can stop and take breathtaking pictures. The ocean is really beautiful and jumping the waves is so much fun!

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