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4 Reasons Why Blacks Beach La Jolla Rocks

Posted on April 11, 2014 by Tijon Employee
The La Jolla area is nestled along the Pacific coast, offering a wide variety of beaches to residents and visitors. Black Beach has been renowned as being one of the best beaches to attend. From its beautiful scenery and isolated location, this two mile long stretch is located beneath the Torrey Pines Gliderport. 
Blacks Beach was originally named after William Black Sr. who owned and developed the land along the cliffs, also known as Torrey Pines State Beach. Black’s Beach resides at the base of 300 foot cliffs with access obtained through Shores or descent over the rough path from above. This charming beach is directly located at:

2800 Torrey Pines Scenic Dr.
La Jolla, CA 92037
(858) 452-9858

A selection of Black’s Beach most significant attributes are listed below. 



1. The First Public Nude Beach
The north portion of Black’s is clothing option. This makes it a popular choice for nudists to visit for sun bathing or playing volleyball without swimsuits. Black’s Beach was considered to be the first and only public beach in the United States for several years in the mid 1970’s. When laws made nudity illegal, activities had to be moved to more secluded locations. Every Sunday during the summer time, beach members associated with the Black’s Beach Bares and a part of the Naturist Society host nude picnics here.

2. Not Easily Accessible
Just located south of Flatrock at Mussel Mesa, between Salk Institute Road, there are no easily available access points to this beach. A steep climb or hike is necessary through a trail down from the Torrey Pines Gliderport on the cliffs. No formal facilities are also made available to visitors. 

3. Various Beach Activities
The desirable location of Black’s Beach makes it a great option for sunbathing and picnicking. This spot is also a great area to relax at while trying to sight dolphins. Temperatures range from the mid 50’s in winter to the mid 70’s in summer and fall giving great climate to extend your stay in. 
Bird watching is considered one of the other best pastimes at Black’s Beach. Seagulls have been the most commonly seen, however a number of other species visit. These range from cormorants and red-tailed hawks to ospreys, sandpipers, and blue herons.

4. A Great Place to Surf
Black’s Beach is also known to surfers. Rated as one of California’s best and biggest surf spots to visit, the winter conditions here draw spectators and expert surfers who want to take on big swells. Even the threats of rip currents that form in narrow parts of the beach do not keep surfing enthusiasts away. 

All visitors should also be aware of the dangers that exist for surfers which can consist of poisonous jellyfish and stingrays. Sharks have also been sighted offshore on occasion. 



Visitor Advisory
No trash collection occurs on Black’s Beach, leaving visitors to be highly encourages packing up whatever they bring in. The greatest danger that exists on Black Beach is the unstable nature of the sandstone cliffs that tower above the beach. Past incidents have resulted in the death of visitors from falling debris. When newly fallen rocks are seen on the beach, it is encourage to maintain a distance from that area.

Additional rules apply to Black’s Beach that includes the prohibition of alcohol, glass beverage containers, fires, and dogs. No camping or vending is allowed, however smoking is. Photographing people without their permission is highly discouraged along with overt sexual activities.

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