Nude Recreation at San Diego's Black's Beach

Black's Beach in San Diego, California

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Black's Beach in the San Diego area is located in the town of La Jolla next to Torrey Pines State Beach. 

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.

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.

Nudity Laws

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.

Rating Black's Beach for Clothing Optional Recreation

More than 8,300 readers responded to a poll that asked how they rate Blacks Beach as a nude beach. 35% said it's excellent and 13% said it's good with a few flaws.

How to Get There

  • By car, set your GPS for 2800 Torrey Pines Scenic Drive, which is the glider port address. Facing the ocean, you'll see the trail at the left end of the parking area. The path from the glider port to the beach is marked with a sign that says it's unsafe and unstable, but that doesn't keep people from using the path regularly. Walk with caution and wear shoes with gripping soles that provide better traction. Hide any valuables in your car or leave them at home.
  • By foot (the safer but longer option - 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 also does have some street parking with a two-hour limit.


    There are porta-potties in the glider port parking lot.

    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.