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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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  • Getting there is a bit of a challenge, but if your comfortable walking up long flights of stairs, without a handrail, I say go for it. The trail to the beach is more rugged than Wreck Beach in Vancouv...  more »
  • Use the road to get down to the beach. The trails are dangerous. Long beach with high cliffs, beautiful place for a walk, play in the surf, sitting in the sun. Short section of nude beach. Comfortable...  more »
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  • 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!
  • This is a beautiful stretch of beach that is adjacent to the world famous Torrey Pines Golf Club. It has a stunning view of the Pacific Ocean with cliffs that look down onto the beach below. Take care when taking pictures because the beach is clothing-optional. There are multiple pathways down to the beach, ranging in skill level from moderate to difficult. It is advised that you not try to go up and down the hill by yourself, and certainly never try it at night.
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