Black's Beach is a two mile long, sandy strip
Black's Beach is a two mile long, sandy strip situated at the base of majestic cliffs up to 300 feet high.
It is formally known as Torrey Pines City Beach and Torrey Pines State Beach in that it is jointly owned by
the City of San Diego and the State of California.
There is a glider port atop the cliff overlooking the
beach where hangliders, paragliders and remote controlled gliders can often be seen soaring.
Access to Black's Beach is very difficult due to the high cliffs and lack of improved stairways.
The safest access is from adjacent beaches to the north and south, but this access may be
obstructed by high tides or surf. The cliffs of Black's Beach are unstable and slides can occur without warning,
so it is best to stay well away from them. Although not officially sanctioned, some patrons of Black's Beach practice nudism.
Water activity is essentially unregulated. Surfers and swimmers may mix, but all are required to employ due care in avoiding injury to each other.
This is an excellent beach for surfing, particularly at the southern end.
Scuba diving is not recommended due to access problems and surf conditions.
Restrooms and Showers:
There are no restrooms on Black's Beach. Portable restrooms can be found at the top of the cliffs next to the Glider Port.
Restrooms can also be found at La Jolla Shores, to the south, and at Torrey Pines State Beach, to the north.
Call San Diego Transit at (619) 233-3004 for buses that serve this beach.
Unimproved parking is available at the Glider Port above Black's Beach,
but the only access to the beach is via unimproved natural paths which can be
very hazardous. Take great care to avoid false trails. False trails may cause a person
to become precariously stuck on side of the cliff or can result in serious injury or death if one falls.