La Jolla Beach Spotlight: Torrey Pines State Beach

Torrey Pines State Beach

Our La Jolla beach spotlight continues this week with Torrey Pines State Beach. Torrey Pines is a three mile expanse between Carmel Valley Rd and the Glider Port. It has one of the most scenic views with the beach backing up into the giant bluffs. Here are some highlights of Torrey Pines Beach.


Torrey Pines State Reserve hiking entrances are located next to the parking lot. There are various trails that will lead to a view of the beach on top of the bluffs. Grab your beach towels, sun screen and surf boards or boogie boards and head out for a day of fun.

  • Hiking
  • Surfing
  • Boogie Boarding
  • Swimming
  • Body Surfing
  • Sand Castles and Sand Play
  • Sun Tanning
  • Picnics
  • Running, Jogging, Walking
  • Excellent place for a photo shoot!

On any given day you will find beach goers partaking in one or all of these 10 activities. Torrey Pines has also designated surf sections and swimming sections so you don’t have to worry about your children colliding with surfers.


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There is plenty of free parking, however, it tends to be difficult to catch a spot during the summer months. There is a small parking lot at the south end of the beach where guests can park for a fee ($12-15). Public restrooms and showers can also be found in this parking lot. A Lifeguard station is located on the North end of the beach with towers sprinkled throughout just before the bluffs. Lifeguards are staffed year-round and are usually on duty until 6pm.

Enjoyment Year-Round

Though the water does get a little chilly during the off season, there are still many activities that can be enjoyed throughout the entire year. Many like to go for a run across the three mile stretch, while others prefer to stick to the many trails above. Surfing is always good year-round. Like all San Diego beaches, Torrey Pines is less crowded before and after the summer months. TIP: This is also a popular place to take family portraits and engagement photos.

Torrey Pines State Beach is located at 12600 North Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla, CA 92037. What are some of your memories at Torrey Pines? Let us know in a comment below.

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