Black’s Beach – California Dreaming

With arguably some of San Diego’s best waves, Black’s beach can be found in the finest neighborhood of La Jolla. It is named after the Blacks family, who once owned a horse farm on the cliffs overlooking the beach.

Black’s beach is a well-known spot for surfers and bodyboarders for big winter swells, as well as students from nearby UCSD. However is quite dangerous for swimmers mainly because of stingrays and sometimes sharks.

Surfer at Blacks Beach, San Diego

Surfer at Black’s Beach, San Diego

Black’s was the first and only public nude beach in the USA for several years in the mid-70s. Nowadays nudity is prohibited by law in California, although the beach is frequented by those who prefer to enjoy the surf and sand in the buff.

Black’s beach can be difficult to reach due to its location beneath the Torrey Pines bluffs. Access can be by walking from La Jolla Shores when the tide is enough low or descending the steep cliff path from above.

Blacks beach cliffs, San Diego

Black’s beach cliffs, San Diego

Black’s is a good alternative in San Diego to the overcrowded Mission and Pacific beaches. Locals love this place because it’s a beautiful hike and there are always few people, even in the high season. Black’s beach offers the chance to enjoy an isolated and idyllic environment and perhaps even see sea lion pups who have come out of the water to warm themselves on the sand.

A day at Black’s beach can be a really nice get-away!

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