Blacks Beach

  • 01 of 05

    Blacks Nude Beach

    Blacks Beach
    ••• Blacks Beach. geoff dude/Flickr/CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

    Black's Beach is America's most-visited nude beach. It's located in the Torrey Pines State Beach. If you visit, do your part to keep it open for nude recreation by respecting the boundary signs and covering up if you're going beyond them.

    The photo above shows Black’s Beach from the northern section of Torrey Pines State Beach. It was taken at high tide.


    La Jolla, San Diego County

    Get a map and directions on page 3.


    • Black's Beach is at the base of 300-foot-high sandstone cliffs
    • Two miles long and as wide as 60 feet at low tide
    • 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
    • Hang gliders and remote control airplanes hover nearby

    Who's at Blacks Beach

    One a busy day, as many as 1,000 people may show up at Black's Beach, according to Brad, who did an informal count on a hot summer day.

    Blacks Beach Facilities

    Porta-potties in the glider port parking lot

    Blacks Beach Activities

    Surfing,...MORE snorkeling, boogie boarding, jogging, volleyball, tide pooling, and swimming

    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.

    More Nude Beaches Within 25 Miles of Blacks

    For many years, San Diegans could also enjoy clothing optional recreation at San Onofre Beach, located near the northern edge of San Diego County, north of Camp Pendleton. However, this state park has started to enforce their nudity regulations and issue citations for nudity. Friends of the beach are working to get that changed, but so far have had no luck. You can check the San Onofre profile for current information.

    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.

    Nudity Laws and Blacks Beach

    Scroll to the bottom of the San Diego County nude beach guide to get 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 read the Nude Beach and Topless Beach Etiquette guidelines before you go to a nude beach.

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  • 02 of 05

    Blacks Beach Reviews and Rating

    Blacks Beach from Above
    ••• Blacks Beach from Above. Michael Brant/Flickr/CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

    What Our Readers have to Say 


    A great place if you love the freedom of tanning without a swimsuit. More men than women, and a small percentage are clothed. I think mostly the curious, "looky loos" and teen boys. When I visit alone, I try to lay by a couple or other single women, always asking if they didn't mind. I love Black's Beach and most of my experiences have been great. Yes there is that random man that tries to get really close and stare, but I'll just move. Blacks isn't a "pick up" place but more of a place to meet nice people who share the love of sunbathing at the beach. There are no bathrooms. Most go in the water, or discreetly near the mountains edge. Warning!! The hike down is easy but I recommend tennis. The hike up is difficult. I walk everyday and consider myself to be in pretty good shape, but it's still difficult. Take your time, and take plenty of 1 or 2 min breaks. If you're climbing on a hot day, don't forget water. I've encountered people in distress.

    —Guest...MORE Ronnie

    61% say they don't like Blacks Beach?

    1 drawback is no facilities on the beach though there are portapotties @ the glider port. BLACK'S is A BLAST! I agree that some should probably leave their clothes on, but hey this is part of what American freedom is all about. There is nothing better than a beach without having to wear a suit. I have seen families with their kids there. GREAT! Our society could be a lot healthier mentally if we would quit treating the body as a commodity. Which brings the point, DO NOT ATTEMPT SEXUAL ACTIVITY ON THIS BEACH. Not with yourself or others. I've been gawked at and even approached. I just let the guys know this gal isn't interested, tx. The beach is clean, I've seen Herons, seals, & loads of sea birds. Watching the hang & paragliders & if they still allow them radio controlled planes is a blast. Military fly overs. Tourist choppers & in between action & nature there's serene peace

    —Guest kwitcherbellyakin

    Too many old people

    It seemed like all the hot women were clothed and all the old people were naked. Other than that, I had a great time.

    —Guest Chinh

    Rating Blacks 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.

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  • 03 of 05

    Getting to Blacks Beach

    Blacks Beach Location
    ••• Blacks Beach Location. Adapted from Google Maps

    If you want an interactive version of the map above or need driving directions, use our San Diego Beach map at Google.

    Driving Directions

    If you have a GPS, you can set it for 2800 Torrey Pines Scenic Drive, which is the glider port address.

    • From I-5 exit westbound onto Genessee Avenue
    • Go west 0.8 miles to North Torrey Pines Rd
    • Turn left
    • Drive 0.2 miles to Torrey Pines Scenic Road
    • Turn right and go to the Torrey Pines Gliderport at the end of the road


    "You can park anywhere in the dirt lot but it closes at sunset" according to Paul.

    Dick recommends: "Be real paranoid about your valuables - see the monthly police report for the Torrey Pines neighborhood. Hide your stuff before you get to the parking lot!" Or - even better - get it out of the car and leave it at home.

    Walking from Parking Lot to the Beach

    Facing the ocean, you'll see the trail at the left end of the parking area. On the next page, you'll see a photo of all the cautions posted, but they don't keep people from...MORE using the path regularly. We'd suggest walking with caution - and wear shoes with gripping soles to give you better traction.

    Another Way to Get to Blacks Beach

    The walk to the beach from this spot is longer (20 minutes) walk, but safer. Instead of turning onto Torrey Pines Scenic Road, 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.

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  • 04 of 05

    Cautions at Blacks Beach

    Cautions at Blacks Beach
    ••• Cautions at Blacks Beach. ©Betsy Malloy Photography

    This sign at the glider port above Blacks Beach is a bit worn, but it lists all the posted cautions. The next photo shows the path that goes down toward the beach.

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  • 05 of 05

    Blacks Beach San Diego Photo - Trail to Beach

    Trail to Blacks Beach
    ••• Trail to Blacks Beach. ©Betsy Malloy Photography