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Torrey Pines Surf Spot

Not only famous for it's environmental beauty but Torrey Pines also has some amazing peaks and waves for us San Diego Surfers to enjoy! These white, sandy beaches are ideal for a family day of fun or a dawn patrol all by your lonesome. There are plenty of beach access points and parking to accommodate whatever your needs may be. So head on down to Torrey Pines and let us know what you thought of it!


Location:

Almost the exact mid point of the San Diego coastline. Torrey Pines is easily accessible from the 5 Freeway or by Old Highway 101.
 

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The Parking Scenario:

There are several separate options when it comes to parking at Torrey Pines. Each spot can serve as an easy access point to the beach at Torrey Pines. The options are as follows:

North Parking Lot:

The North parking lot is located off of Carmel Valley Road and McGonigle. View Directions for more information.

South Parking Lot:

The South parking lot is located off of Old Highway 101 towards the end of Torrey Pines beach. View Directions for more information.

Roadside Parking:

There is roadside parking located along Old Highway 101, both to the North of Carmel Valley Road and to the South of the bridge. View Directions for more information.

Please take not of where you park. The roadside parking to the North of Carmel Valley Road is a pay parking area of $1.50 per hour. Vehicles that don't pay for parking most likely will be ticketed.

Beach Accessibility and Conveniences:

There are separate beach access points depending on where you park. Each point is fairly easy to access.

North Parking Lot:

For the North parking lot, simply park your car and walk past the restrooms and you can't miss the walkway down to the beach.

South Parking Lot:

For the South parking lot, park your car and simply walk West down onto the beach and out into the surf!

Roadside Parking:

To access the beach from the North roadside parking, park your vehicle and walk South until you reach the intersection of Carmel Valley Road and Old Highway 101. The beach access is a small dirt trail that meanders down the cliff to the beach.

WARNING: If you decide to take this trail, take extreme caution crossing the railroad tracks at the bottom of the trail. The trains can be quiet so please be very careful!

The entrance of the trail down to Torrey Pines

Further down the trail showing the railroad tracks

There is one restroom located at the beach entrance of the North parking lot. It is maintained by the city and is a clean working order for all to use. They are locked at sunset.

The restrooms located at the North parking lot.

Lifeguard:

There are lifeguard towers located at Torrey Pines along the beach. They are located approximately every one mile up the coastline and are in full service during the Summer. They are usually closed up for the Winter months so please be sure to note if there is a guard on duty before you or your family enter the water.

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