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About Blacks Beach in La Jolla, California

Black’s Beach is a famous clothing-optional beach below a “gliderport” parking area on Torrey Pines Mesa. It’s a popular spot for surfing, paragliding, beach walking, and no-tan-line sunbathing.

Blacks is a combo of Torrey Pines City Beach and Torrey Pines State Beach when looking at land ownership. It’s stretches from Torrey Pines State Beach below the famous Torrey Pines Golf Course at the north end all the way to Scripps Beach at the UCSD Oceanography Campus at the south end.

The access route down from the large glider port parking area is quite steep and slippery in places. If you are carrying stuff and/or need help descending steep trails then consider a different beach or a different route.

There is another access further south at the intersection of Blackgold and La Jolla Farms Roads where a long paved path leads down to an area known as South Blacks Beach but parking is limited to 2 hours.

Another more interesting route to Blacks Beach uses a trail known as the Saigon Trail or Ho Chi Minh Trail. This option is for adventurous hikers who are comfortable with a challenging route down eroded hillsides.

The clothing optional section of Black’s Beach is supposed to be well defined to avoid problems that could affect the nude beach status. The north boundary is Mussel Rocks (where large rocks extend into the water) and the south boundary is about 100 yards south of the main access trail. The gay area is reportedly a 15 minute walk north on the beach from the main path down to Black’s Beach.

When you are at the beach, stay back from the bluffs as rocks can come careening down and massive bluff collapses have happened recently.

Torrey Pines State Park has two easier access points at North Beach and South Beach on N Torrey Pines Road.

2800 Torrey Pines Scenic Dr
La Jolla, CA 92037
Park Name
Torrey Pines City Beach
Other Names
Torrey Pines City Beach
City Beach
Pet Details
Leashed dogs allowed on beach before 9am and after 6pm from April-Oct. (changes to 4pm Nov.-March).
Free parking
Surfing, Hang Gliding, Paragliding, Fishing, Whale Watching, Sunbathing, Beach Exploration
Restrooms, Hang-Gliding Launch, Hiking Trails
Map of Blacks Beach
La Jolla, US
4:53 am, June 17, 2024
temperature icon 60°F
L: 60° H: 67°
Feels like 60.1 °F haze
Wind gusts: 5 m/s
UV Index: 0
Precipitation: 0 inch
Visibility: 10 km
Sunrise: 5:40 am
Sunset: 7:59 pm
Humidity 85 %
Pressure1007 mb
Wind 5 m/s

Nearby Beaches

South Blacks Beach

0.6 miles away

South Black’s Beach is a remote beach below high bluffs between La Jolla Shores and Black’s Beach. It’s a...

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Scripps Beach

1.4 miles away

Scripps Beach is adjacent to the UCSD Scripps Institution of Oceanography campus in northern La Jolla. The long concrete...

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March 27, 2023

Stay back from bluffs as they can collapse. Watch this video of a huge bluff failure at Blacks.