Black's Beach is at the base of 300-foot-high sandstone cliffs. It's two miles long and as wide as 60 feet at low tide. As many as 1,000 people may show up at Black's Beach on a hot summer day.
Nudity bans are enforced on the south end of Blacks Beach, in the city-owned section - and possibly in the clothed part of Torrey Pines State Beach. If you visit, help keep Black's open for nude recreation by respecting the boundary signs and covering up if you're going beyond them.
Hang gliders and remote control airplanes also hover nearby.
Tips for Visiting Black's Beach
There are porta-potties in the glider port parking lot, but there are no amenities on the beach itself, including bathrooms and water spigots. Take plenty of water and take care of your other primary needs before you head down the trail.
Pack light. Getting back up the hill is much more challenging than coming down, especially after a full day of fun in the sun.
You might be expecting a sunny day, but Mother Nature may have different ideas. Like all of the California coast, Black's Beach is subject to foggy conditions that locals call June Gloom which can actually happen any time between May and August. Before you go, find out what you need to know about it — and what to do if it happens.
What to Do
Surfing, snorkeling, boogie boarding, jogging, volleyball, tide pooling, and swimming are all popular activities at Black's Beach.
Stingrays rest in the water just beneath the sand's surface. Shuffle your feet as you walk in the water to scare them away before you accidentally step on one and get a painful sting.
Consult the San Diego County nude beach guide for a summary of all the public nudity laws that apply in San Diego County.
Nude or naturist beach neophytes, please be respectful of others and follow nude beach and topless beach etiquette guidelines before you go to a nude beach.
How to Get There
By car, set your GPS for 2800 Torrey Pines Scenic Drive, which is the glider port address. Park in the lot. Hide any valuables in your car or (even better) leave them at home.
Facing the ocean, you'll see the trail at the left end of the parking area. At the bluff's edge, you'll have a choice between a footpath on one side and a steep set of carved stairs on the other. Both of them will take you down to the shore.
The path is marked with a sign that says it's unsafe and unstable, but that doesn't keep people from using it regularly. Walk with caution and wear shoes with gripping soles that provide better traction.
The safer but longer option which takes about 20 minutes: Instead of turning onto Torrey Pines Scenic Road to get to the glider port, continue on North Torrey Pines Road to La Jolla Shores Drive and turn right. Immediately turn right again onto La Jolla Farms Road. Where it intersects Blackgold Road (which comes from the right), you'll see a paved path going to the left. This spot has some street parking with a two-hour limit.
More Nude Beaches in San Diego
For many years, San Diegans enjoyed clothing optional recreation at San Onofre Beach, near the northern edge of San Diego County. However, the state park now enforces their nudity regulations and issue citations for nudity.
There are no official nude beaches in Los Angeles or Ventura Counties. Your next best option may be to visit some of the clothing optional resorts near San Diego.