Black's Beach is a two mile long, sandy strip situated at the base of majestic cliffs up to 300 feet high. It is formally known as
Access to Black's Beach is very difficult due to the high cliffs and lack of improved stairways. The safest access is from adjacent beaches to the north and south, but this access may be obstructed by high tides or surf. The cliffs of Black's Beach are unstable and slides can occur without warning, so it is best to stay well away from them. Although not officially sanctioned, some patrons of Black's Beach practice nudism.
There is no permanent lifeguard station at this beach. Lifeguards are usually on duty mid-day from Spring break through the end of October. Due to the remoteness of this beach, lifeguard assistance may take twenty minutes or more to arrive when lifeguards are not on duty at the beach. There is an emergency call box at the south end of the beach at the bottom of the road.
Regulated Water Activity Zones:
Water activity is essentially unregulated. Surfers and swimmers may mix, but all are required to employ due care in avoiding injury to each other.
This is an excellent beach for surfing. Always crowded with up to 100 surfers at any given time, particularly at the southern end. Some of the best surf in
Scuba diving is not recommended due to access problems and surf conditions.
Restrooms and Showers:
There are no restrooms on Black's Beach. Portable restrooms can be found at the top of the cliffs next to the
There are no improved walkways at this beach. There are several natural paths, but they can be very hazardous and false trails abound. Use caution and observe warning signs.
This beach does not offer disabled accessibility due to natural impediments.
There are no receptacles for beach fires. Open fires are therefore prohibited.
Regulations -- Standard
Alcohol is prohibited on the State (north) section of the beach and is only permitted between 12:00 noon and 8:00 p.m. on the City (south) section.
Call San Diego Transit at (619) 233-3004 for buses that serve this beach.
Directions and Parking:
From the north, take Interstate 5 south to
From the south, take Interstate 5 north to
Note: Unimproved parking is also available at the