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Torrey Pines State Beach

San Diego Metro Area, California

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  • View south from the parking along North Torrey Pines Road. - Torrey Pines State Beach
  • The receding waters create patterns in the sand.- Torrey Pines State Beach
  • Lifeguard tower along the beach.- Torrey Pines State Beach
  • Fishing and stand-up paddleboarding in the ocean.- Torrey Pines State Beach
  • The South Beach and Reserve entrance with restrooms.- Torrey Pines State Beach
  • Looking south.- Torrey Pines State Beach
  • View of the beach from Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.- Torrey Pines State Beach
  • View of the beach from the cliffs of Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.- Torrey Pines State Beach
  • A lone paddle-boarder.- Torrey Pines State Beach
  • View of the beach from the cliffs of Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.- Torrey Pines State Beach
  • Flat Rock.- Torrey Pines State Beach
  • Layers of geologic history in the cliffs.- Torrey Pines State Beach
  • Whimbrels.- Torrey Pines State Beach
  • Cliffs along the beach.- Torrey Pines State Beach
  • Cliffs along the beach.- Torrey Pines State Beach
  • Cliffs along the beach.- Torrey Pines State Beach
  • Families along the beach tend to stay closer to the parking area.- Torrey Pines State Beach
  • Kids playing in the waves.- Torrey Pines State Beach
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Pros: 
Unique geological formations along beach.
Cons: 
Few amenities. Crowded near parking area.
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Region:
San Diego Metro Area, CA
Congestion: 
High
Location type: 
Sandy beach
Parking Pass: 
General Day Use Fee
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Torrey Pines State Beach stretches 4.5 miles from Del Mar in the north past Los Peñasquitos Marsh Natural Preserve and down to Torrey Pines Mesa in the south. Most visitors access the beach from the South Beach and Reserve entrance, which also serves as the entrance to Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. Arguably, the most visually interesting stretch of the beach is below the cliffs of the reserve. Layers of sediment including shells and fossils create a striped pattern in the red cliffs.

Shore birds, both resident and migratory waterfowl, can be found along the beach. Take the stairs from the beach to the reserve, where the bluffs offer numerous viewpoints for spotting dolphins, seals, sea lions, porpoises year-round and gray whales in early spring during their annual migration.

Note that due to the sensitive ecology, no dogs are allowed in the reserve, not even in a vehicle.

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