Making the commute between South Orange County and San Diego for years, riding along the coastline and enjoying the view; I never once entertained the idea that there were nude beaches there. But there are – in fact there are two nude beaches in San Diego County. Black’s Beach, which is reported as one of the top nude surfer beaches, and San Onofre State Beach, located near Camp Pendleton Military Base on the Northern tip of the San Diego border.
Black’s Beach is located in La Jolla at the southern tip of the Torrey Pines State Beach, right below Torrey Pines. If you enter the beach by way of the gated, paved path at La Jolla Farms Road and Blackgold Road you will be at Black’s Beach. And a warning for entering the beach, the stairway that descends from Glider Port is in very bad shape due to rains years ago. That entrance comes with a warning. So if you plan to visit Black’s Beach, use the entrance from La Jolla Farms Road. There are also Landslide signs posted near the cliffs. If coming from the Scripps Pier, walk north towards the beach. This particular beach is open 24 hours. Take in mind there are absolutely NO facilities. Parking is very limited on the street. You can always park at the Torrey Pines State Beach and walk south.
Of San Diego’s nude beaches, Black’s Beach is said to be one of the most famous nude beaches in the country. The beach is rather difficult to reach as it sits at the base of very high bluffs between the Scripps Pier and the Los Penasquitos Lagoon. Though the city of San Diego has in the past tried to ban nudity at Black’s Beach, it has yet to be proven a success. Surfers and sun worshipers still enjoy nature in the buff at Black’s Beach.
It is said that there is hierarchy at Black’s Beach. Go figure? Apparently the north end of the beach is for male nude bathers only. The middle section of the beach is coed, whereas the south end of the nude beach is for surfers only. That particular end of the beach has been compared to Hawaii and the surfers praise the waves there in lieu of other locations on that particular stretch of beach.
The other San Diego nude beach is in North County near Camp Pendleton. Actually it backs up to the chain link fence that is Camp Pendleton property. Located north of Pendleton and south of the San Onofre Nuclear Plant, which you will not miss, is the nude beach that helicopters hover over daily, and understandably so as that is a marine training area.
To get into the beach area if coming from the I-5, exit at Basilone Road. If you are approaching from the I-5 south you will turn west. You will approach a curve in the road, where you will continue south on the access road. There is a $10.00 fee. Take the road and travel approximately three miles where you will find a parking area. Look for a sign that says Trail 6, which will lead you to the nude bathing area. Please keep in mind that there are no facilities available at the San Onofre nude beach – so come prepared.
Should you decide to visit San Diego nude beaches, observe courtesies as you would at all other beaches. Should you have any questions contact the San Diego Coastline Parks Division at 619-221-8900.