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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 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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  • For me is the most beautiful beach of San Diego. Worth the visit!! Not to mention that it's never crowded, which for those who like to enjoy the beach and relax is an advantage. Get eh easy, the hard eh leave, a long and steep climb, but paved and all you will need is breath. For those who like adventure there is a cool track, and that will require a little more breath, but worth super feather, recommend going up the trail and back by rising paved. The advantage and that you will get "heated" on the beach and will even want to take a dip, even with cold water!!!! RSS Ha a descent/ascent with steps that starts/ends where people usually jump paragliding, but that point eh Beach nudist, that is, if you like, you don't mind or want to know, go that way, the use of clothing optional eh ... Don't forget to bring something to eat/drink, there's nothing there but sand and sea.
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  • Black's Beach packs a wallop: dramatic vistas, brightly colored gliders, a steep yet manageable hike down to a secluded beach and even some naked bathers. The homes perched on the edges of the cliffs ...  more »
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  • San Diego has become an annual vacation spot for us, and we always stop in at this beach. Sun and sand for miles, it’s relaxing, peaceful and not over crowded. Loosen up and spend some time in your birthday suit and you’ll be glad you did. Fun place for sure! Be prepared for a decent 10-15 minute hike down and back up some somewhat steep stairs made from a combination of wood and dirt. Not difficult for the average Joe, just be mindful if you require anything to assist you in walking.
  • Just went for the first time. The cliffs: beautiful, the view: breathtaking, the hike: even more so, the surf: refreshing with a slight riptide to work out on like one of those pool-treadmills, and the locals were super friendly and accepting. Plus, clothing optional, so I could lose my tan lines and work on self-esteem. Tips: bring tons of water & sunblock, wear tennis shoes or hiking shoes for the climb down, and, since almost everybody else is naked, when in Rome do what the Romans do. I can’t wait to return there, with friends.

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