Torrey Pines State Beach
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Torrey Pines State Beach is a great place to go to soak up some nature. It is not to be confused with Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, which is a little further south. On weekends it can be very busy so come early. The beach, which is right beside the road, has interesting sand of many dark colors with sparkles. It's quite fascinating to look at it as you walk along. The sand is a blend of magnetite and hornblende. There are also large round pebbles of various pretty shades of brown. As you walk away from the road, the golden-red cliffs beside you become incredibly high. They are barren, with no vegetation. You must stay near the shore in order to avoid the danger of falling rocks.
To get to the secluded, clothing optional portion of this beach called Black's Beach, you must walk down a hazardous trail.
You can drive or walk to the top of the cliffs. Here you can take several short hikes through dry, scrubby bush to views over the coast. The views of red rock with blue ocean behind are impressive on the West Overlook Trail.
A more cozy beach is Fletcher Cove Beach Park, 15 minutes north.
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Torrey Pines State Beach is located at 12600 N. Torrey Pines Rd, La Jolla CA 92037. Google maps labels it incorrectly.
Entrance into the park is $10 per car and allows access to the lower beach parking and the upper hike parking.
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Overall Visitor Rating: Unrated.