Black’s Beach nudist tells do’s and don’t’s

By Alexis Jacquett

Alexis Jacquett

GROSSMONT COLLEGE, Sept. 14–As a nudist, I have been asked many questions about Blacks Beach by fellow students at Grossmont College  that I would like to address from my perspective. I would also like to give a list of the Do’s and Don’ts if you should visit that unofficial nude beach in the La Jolla/ Torrey Pines area.

One of the most common questions I have heard is, “Can you still be nude at the beach?” There is a designated side of Blacks Beach that is still nude. If it offends someone and is reported you will need to put on a swim suit or cover up. I have been a Blacks Beach Bum, if you will, for five years and have never had a problem or been told to put on my swim suit.

Another question commonly asked is; “Is it true that there’s just a bunch of old, ugly, fat guys”? Well we live in a free country, and Blacks Beach does not discriminate against any gender, age, ethnicity or sexual orientation, so you are bound to see a wide variety of people down there.

Black's Beach surfers

There is also the misconception that the people who frequent the beach want sexual attention. That couldn’t be farther from the truth! I find it offensive that people venture down to Blacks to people watch because they think we are there for their viewing pleasure. I believe that the media has played a major role in this misconception. Another contributing factor is that San Diego is a bit conservative, and there is not a whole lot of nudity here. Which still does not give excuse bad behavior.

Now I want to talk about the Do’s and Don’ts of Blacks Beach, in case I have presented an interesting place to visit. Do’s: Be kind, courteous, and respectful to everyone on the Beach. If there is someone already on the Beach close to where you would like to sit, give proper space and/or ask the person if he or she is comfortable with the distance so that you don’t offend or invade another person’s personal space.

Please bring necessary items such as; proper shoes/flip flops (with traction on the bottom) for the hike, a swim suit, a towel, sun screen, food/water. 

Don’ts:  Please don’t stare! Don’t leave your things unattended. Don’t trash the beach; clean up after yourself because the Beach will not clean itself! This is a great place to be free, soak up the sun, and enjoy yourself. I would like to keep the privilege of being nude on the beach, so please respect the beach and be civilized!   
Jacquett is a student in Media Communications 132, which published the online GC Summit


6 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Mike on May 21, 2016 at 9:56 am

    You Cannot Be Asked To Cover Up On Black’s Beach (State Land Portion) Because Someone Saw You Naked And Became Offended, California Does Not Have Nudity Laws On State Land Provided It Is Not In View Of Main Highway. If You Are Making Others Uncomfortable With Your Behavior You Can Be Asked To Leave.
    Many Nudists Do Walk Into City Beach, Mostly Due To Invisible Barrier That Separates State Beach & City Beach.
    I Have Been Going To Black’s For Almost 30 Years.
    I Have Never Seen A Problem There, People Are Very Friendly.
    I Just Laugh To Myself At The Non Nudists That Come Over Just To Look, I Often Walk Over And Stand Near Them So They Can Get
    A Good Look Or Talk To Them.


    • Posted by Russ Lindquist on March 25, 2018 at 11:10 am

      “You Cannot Be Asked To Cover Up On Black’s Beach … If You Are Making Others Uncomfortable With Your Behavior You Can Be Asked To Leave.”

      …so which is it, Mike?


  2. Great article Alexis. Black’s Beach and the Black’s Beach Bares are a very important part of The Naturist Society Network. Keeping it a safe, inviting beach is very important to all naturists. Thank you for writing such a positive article.


  3. Why are people prejudice against old fat guys? Some of them are great people!


  4. Good job Alexis, you are living proof that the beach isn’t all old fat guys. You could have filled the entire paper with do’s and don’ts, and you did good with the space you had. People need to understand that Black’s is just like any other beach in that people do the same activities at Black’s as any other beach. The only difference is birthday suits vs swim suits.

    More information can be found at Hope to see you again soon.


  5. Posted by Donna on September 15, 2010 at 1:41 pm

    Nice article. I would also like to mention that any sexual activity on the beach is reason for arrest (criminal citation). It is after all a public beach and even children of all ages frequent it. All rules and laws apply just like at any other public beach.

    Please respect other peoples boundaries, that’s all Blacks Beach goers ask.


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