Black’s Beach

Black’s Beach is a two mile long, sandy strip of

beach located at the base of the majestic cliffs

that can be up to 300 foot high. Formally known

as Torrey Pines City Beach, it’s jointly owned by

the City of San Diego and the State of California.

There is also a glider port atop the cliff that

overlooks the beach where hang gliders and even

remote control gliders can be seen soaring.

Gaining access to Black’s Beach isn’t easy due

to the high cliffs and lack of stairways. The

safest access is from the adjacent beaches to the

north and south, although this way may be obstructed

by high tides or surf.

The cliffs here are unstable as well, and slides

can occur anytime, so it’s always best to stay

away from them. There’s no permanent lifeguard

station at this beach either. There are some on

duty mid day from Spring Break through the end

of the October.

Keep in mind, most California beaches experience

very strong rip currents. Black’s Beach is no

exception, as the rip currents can get very strong

here. To be on the safe side, always swim near

shore or near a lifeguard.

The water activity at Black’s Beach is virtually

unregulated. Surfers and swimmers may mix, but

they are all required to employ care and avoiding

hurting each other.

Black’s Beach is also an excellent beach for

surfing, especially at the south end. Scuba

diving isn’t recommended here, due to access

problems and surf conditions.

Even though access can be hard, Black’s Beach is

still an excellent beach. It offers plenty of

seclusion, views, and sand for the kids. If you’ve

never been here, this beach can easily prove to

be one of your favorites in the entire area of

San Diego.

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