Hello everyone! This is a friendly reminder that any of these fun places we may visit, we are a guest at. Please treat both businesses and trails with the utmost respect. We here at Hidden San Diego follow the 'Leave no Trace' mantra, meaning whatever you bring with you comes back with you. If you see trash on a trail, please do your part to help remove it. Remember, we are not picking up trash from another person but instead cleaning up for Mother Nature. Happy adventures!

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Torrey Pines Scenic Dr.
La Jolla, CA 92037

Phone: (619) 221-8899
32.888078, -117.253177

Hike: 1.1 miles    Level: Moderately Strenuous

Dog-Friendly: No    Kid-Friendly: Most likely no although I have seen some children here

About Black’s Beach

Black’s Beach is San Diego’s exclusive clothing-optional beach on the cusp of Torrey Pines and La Jolla. The hike to get down here is rigorous but extremely scenic.

The northern portion of Black’s Beach is owned and managed by the California Department of Parks and Recreation. The south end of the beach  is owned by the city of San Diego and the state park.

Visit Black's Beach, one of the most famous nude beaches in the U.S.!This distinction is important as Black’s Beach is most known as a nude beach, a practice that is no longer permitted in the southern portion managed by the city of San Diego.

The beach was named after the Black family who once had a farm over-looking the beach.  When they sold the land, it was subdivided into La Jolla Farms lots. There are many mansions that sit above the beach including the home where Jonas Salk once lived.

While you’re in the area, make sure to check out the Secrets of UCSD nearby!

This is also a prime surf spot, due to a submarine canyon funneling powerful swells. This can also be a very dangerous spot for swimmers so be careful!

You will oftentimes see people playing volleyball in the nude right upon entering the beach as a warm welcoming.  Usually if you park it near the trailhead, you will be cleared from any creepy experiences (I’ve had a few).  The further north you go and the more secluded it becomes, the more you open yourself up to possible strange incidences.

Come here with an open mind and be courteous to those enjoying themselves in the buff. This is one of the most beautiful beaches we have in San Diego and great for surfing.

Check out the Mushroom House while you’re out here!  It’s one of San Diego’s most interesting architectural designs!


This is one rough hike back up unless you’re in great shape!  Get ready to get a workout!Black's Beach

So dreamy!


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  • cosmosent labs
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    best gay beach in san diego!!!!

    June 6, 2015

  • Lisa M.
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    I used to love to watch the sunsets from Black’s.

    Wow, thanks for sharing. Good memories.

    June 12, 2015

  • stevenwytyshyn
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    ohlala, best gay beach.

    great on pride weekend!

    September 18, 2016

  • steven edward wytyshyn
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    I’m still sad Hillary lost to that buffoon…

    so for masc, progressive men, well we can have some fun in the north end…

    steve/cosmosent labs

    November 22, 2016

  • Tom
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    How do people (or police) feel about photoshoots there, if I brought a model to shoot some fineart nudes? No strobes, just natural light or a reflector.

    June 11, 2017

  • steven edward wytyshyn
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    The bamboo forrest is the safe space for San Diego gay men! I got addicted to this place and got fired from my job at Qualcomm. Once I save up from my uber rides, I’ll get my hip replacement surgery and i’ll be back !!!!

    steve/cosmosent labs

    June 25, 2023

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