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Blacks Beach Surf Spot

One of the most renowned spots in Southern California, Blacks Beach offers a fast, hollow and A-Frame wave that spits and pitches in both directions. Due to it's location, usually the surfers in the water know how to surf, and are there to do so. This is not a spot for beginners or intermediate surfers by any means, so if you aren't sure if you can surf Blacks, don't. Blacks Beach is a fast and powerful wave that demands respect while in the water and offers spectacular views and excitement to people watching from the beach.

Looking down the step cliffs of Blacks Beach


Location:

Blacks Beach is located South of Torrey Pines and just North of Scripps Pier. It's location is not visible from the street or any parking lots. You must hike down a dirt pathway or walk down the paved road that wind their way down to the beach where Blacks can be found.


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The Parking Scenario:

Parking for Blacks Beach is dependent on which method you take to the beach. If you drive through our regular directions, you will arrive at a dirt parking lot which offers free parking near the entrance to the dirt walking trail, which will take you down to the break at Blacks Beach.

The free dirt parking by the Gliderport

If you are traveling with a large group or with a family, we recommend you follow these directions. There is parking located along Black Gold Road and La Jolla Farms Road in front of the houses in this area. Make note of any fire lane parking and please be courteous to not block a residents driveway. Walk toward the coast on Black Gold Road and you can not miss the entry gate.

The parking at Black Gold Road and La Jolla Farms Road

Beach Accessibility and Conveniences:

Getting down to the beach at Blacks takes some work and is not a 5 minute trip by any means. There are several different methods to get your chance to paddle out and you should look into each one and decide which way you should go. Please be extremely cautious as you make your way down to the beach.

The first is to park at the dirt parking lot and walk along the bluff to the South. You will soon find the dirt trails that lead all the way down to the beach. These trails are not city maintained and can be very dangerous. There are many steep inclines and slippery terrain which is very easy to fall down on. I would not recommend taking this route if you are traveling with children or a large group carrying many beach toys.

The walkway to the trail

About half way down the dirt trail

If you park and use the entry way at Black Gold Road, there is a paved downward road that winds down the hillside. It is a steep road but is not so steep that it is dangerous. This route should be taken if traveling with a lot of stuff or with a family as it may take a little longer but is much safer.

The entry to the paved road at Black Gold Road

The walkway down to the beach

All the way down

Another option is to park down South of Blacks Beach at Scripps Pier and walk up the beach to Blacks. This route will take some time but may be nice since there are no major hills or cliffs to climb down or up.

There is no restrooms available to the public any where around Blacks Beach so plan ahead and make sure to be prepared!

Lifeguard:

There is no permanent lifeguard stations set up at Blacks Beach because of it's location. However, during the summer months, lifeguards are routinely in this area via trucks and quads and keep an eye on people surfing and enjoying the ocean. Be careful out there on big days, there are some major rip currents that can be easily confused.

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