Butt-Naked Beaches: Sexy San Diego

There are, to my knowledge, two* nude beaches in San Diego County. The first, and most well-known, is Black’s Beach. Perfect for today’s entry on the letter B!

"Black's Beach Surfer" image by Flickr user Tony Webster
“Black’s Beach Surfer” image by Flickr user Tony Webster

Black’s Beach is the largest nude beach in the U.S., and was also the first nude beach back in the 1970s, so naturally it’s a favorite amongst naturist (nudist) communities like Black’s Beach Bares and The Naturist Society.

Looks like there’s a bit of nude volleyball going on in this shot:

"Torrey Pines Glider Port" image by Flickr user SD Dirk
“Torrey Pines Glider Port” image by Flickr user SD Dirk

Black’s Beach is actually the northern part of Torrey Pines State Beach, run by the California Department of Parks and Recreation. There’s no nudity permitted on the southern end of the beach, which is jointly controlled by the city of San Diego and Torrey Pines State Park, so beware where you choose to bare!

To determine whether or not you’re actually within Black’s Beach’s designated parameters, Wikipedia describes the boundaries like this:

“The clothing-optional portion of Black’s Beach begins about 100 yards (91 m) south of the trail head leading to the Torrey Pines Gliderport, and runs north for approximately 1.1 miles (1.8 km) to the beached steel buoy south of Flatrock Point.

"Black's Beach Warning Signs" image by Flickr user Tony Webster
“Black’s Beach Warning Signs” image by Flickr user Tony Webster

Have you ever visited a nude beach, and would you want to bare it all at Black’s Beach?

* The second nude beach is San Onofre, which is closer to Los Angeles and has been under attack as a clothing-optional destination since 2010. You can check out the Friends of San Onofre Beach for more info on the situation.

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  • Tim H

    I’ve never been to a naked beach, but I have gone to co-ed onsens (hot springs) in Japan. It’s the norm for everyone to be naked and no one is weird about it. I’d hope that it’d be the same for the beach. Then again, no one at the hot springs was playing naked volleyball.

  • Laura Roberts

    The hot springs sounds like a better reason to be naked, to me. I don’t really think sand and nudity mix very well! Plus I am kind of partial to sports bras when playing sports. But I guess to each his or her own. :)

  • Robyn

    I giggled a bit as I was reading your post because I know how I feel after being at the beach with clothes on, every inch covered in sand…but a nude beach gives that a whole new meaning now doesn’t it? Thanks for sharing! I love learning new things!

  • anna (herding cats & burning soup)

    LOL oh I just don’t think I could do that. And ahh sand could get in so many uncomfortable spots. Only time I’ve run into a nude beach goer was on a family vacation in high school for my grand father’s birthday. We’d gone to an island off Georgia and my best friend and I were walking along the beach one afternoon and found a gentleman all sprawled out and enjoying the sun. It was…quite the sight.

  • Joelle Casteel

    Lovely pics! I’m clothing optional at home but have never been to a nude beach because I’m allergic to the sun and don’t go nude outdoors, except at night.