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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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  • So we ventured to Blacks Beach. Yes, there were naked people,no supermodels just regular people laying in the sun. No one was inappropriate or creepy so you can just go naked or don’t, there are plent...  more »
  • Not so “nude” beach nor a secluded area. 90% of people were tourists with full clothing on , so you’re basically just a show to them as they walk back in forth to look at the “nudest” . There were eve...  more »
  • Recently I learned that he was a nudist beach when I arrived, but it has a beautiful view! I did also paragliding, it was amazing!
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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.
  • Best beach in the world. Nothing better than letting go and soaking up the sun, not to mention the massive lgbt party we had when I was there. Blacks is full of diversity and is by far the nicest beach in San Diego. (Yes nudity is optional)
  • My favorite beach of all time. Strip down and get in the waves! Or tan up them buns. Bring sunscreen and be careful, be weary of stingrays. Shuffle when walking. don’t step.
  • A great local spot without being flooded with tourists. Whether you’re one with nature (a part of the beach is a nude beach) want a relaxing day in the sun, or want to catch some great waves... this beach is great for all!! (The nude section is at least a mile away from the rest of the beach)

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