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Set against high cliffs, Black's Beach is the largest nude beach in the country.
Set against high cliffs, Black's Beach is the largest nude beach in the country. Technically, there are two parts of the beach. There is the southern part located within the City of San Diego, where nudity is not allowed (although this rule is rarely enforced) and the northern part located within Torrey Pines State Park, where clothing is purely optional. Black's Beach has one of the most powerful beach breaks in Southern California, making it a popular, but dangerous, surfing spot. To get down to the beach, you have three options. First, you can walk from La Jolla Shores, which is a long stretch. Second, you can go to the Gliderport and take a breathtaking path on the side of the cliff that goes straight down. Don't come in high heels, although it's a safe enough path for surfers to run by you with their surfboards. The top is a great spot to watch the sunset! Third, you can drive along the cliffs north from the Gliderport. Park in the last allowable spot, and take another breathtaking path down. The second path is less beautiful but takes you farther towards the unexplored parts of the beach. The second path forks at the very bottom of the cliff. If you take the fork, which goes into the canyon, you will arrive via a twisty path at the bottom of a hidden waterfall which is home to hummingbirds. It's a few hundred feet in and well worth the walk. The full moon drum circle goes on here each month. Look for it on a rainbowgathering website. It starts at dawn and goes till dusk. People bring tents and sleeping bags, though most go back up the cliffs. This is a no alcohol event, but feel free to bring wood, a drum, juice and a trashbag to clean up.
Black's Beach, California Coastal National Monument, San Diego, CA 92037, USA
Near UCSD is this architectural monolith; the structure for this noted institution is built out of unfinished concrete and perched atop the cliffs overlooking the ocean
Learn to hang glide here
A combination of a small liberal arts college and a large research university, UCSD has a good reputation locally and offers some interesting sights
The public center for the renowned Scripps Institution of Oceanography (of University of California, San Diego), this award-winning aquarium has many fantastic exhibits, with oceanic species from all over the Pacific Ocean displayed, as well as sharks, a tide pool, a large kelp tank, and a coral reef (with actual living coral)
In north La Jolla, this beach has some of the gentlest waves of any beach in San Diego
No bikes, dogs, food and beverages allowed
Stretched along Torrey Pines State Park and set against gorgeous cliffs, this beach is one of the most beautiful around
A very popular beach for swimming, scuba diving and snorkeling, set against beautiful sea cliffs
Built on top of a sea cave, this gift shop offers tours of a small cavern open to the ocean