Torrey Pines State Beach
Cruising south on Pacific Coast Highway out of Del Mar, beach revelers will be delighted and amazed at the natural beauty of Torrey Pines State Beach. Named for the famed Torrey Pine, an evergreen that grows only in this naturally beautiful pocket of the planet, Torrey Pines State Beach offers traditional beachgoers swimming, surfing, boarding and of course, casual strolls through soft sandy shoreline and a wide collection of shells for the avid collector.
The beach runs for three miles between the Glider Ports found at Torrey Pines State Reserve and Carmel Valley Road, and is directly adjacent to the highway, which goes by the name Torrey Pines Road along this section of coastline. Because of its convenient location and easy access, Torrey Pines State Beach is one of the most desirable beach destinations in Southern California.
The sandstone cliffs found at Torrey Pines Mesa provide a stunning backdrop for the clear blue waters of the Pacific and the beach here is breathtaking. On any given day families can be found frolicking in the waves, collecting shells along the shore, or picnicking in the warm Southern California climate. Anglers will find the natural configuration of coves and bays near Torrey Pines perfect for fishing and surfers claim the tide at Torrey Pines is exceptional in both winter and summer. Children love to collect starfish near the lagoon, and there are all kinds of sea creatures to entertain and excite every member of the family.
The amenities at Torrey Pines State Beach are also part of its charm. Unlike other beaches that dot the southern coastline, Torrey Pines offers clean restrooms, showers, convenient parking directly off the highway, a food concessionaire offering both hot food and delicious snacks, even surfboard rentals for visitors or locals trying the surf for the first time. For those that just can’t leave the real world behind, there is even Wi-Fi service along all but the most southern portion of the beach, provided by the Visitor’s Lodge located above the beach at Torrey Pines State Reserve.
This scenic wonderland is accessible year round and the length of the beach fully accessed at all but the highest tides. Lifeguards patrol the beach areas however visitors should take note there are no permanent lifeguard stations at Torrey Pines. The surf can be powerful at times, exciting surfers from all over the world. No matter whether you are hitting the waves like or a pro or simply wading with the kids in the coves and lowlands, Torrey Pines State Beach delivers first class fun and world class beauty.
Directions To Torrey Pines State Beach.
Located one mile south of Del Mar on North Torrey Pines Road (Pacific Coast Highway), access the beach by exiting Interstate 5 at Carmel Valley Road, traveling west to Torrey Pines Road. Turn south on Torrey Pines Road and enter either the large capacity lot on the left, park alongside Pacific Coast Highway, or enter the State Reserve and use the beach level lot that is just beyond the entrance gate. There is an entrance fee for the State Reserve; however you will enjoy the closest proximity to the beach and access to the showers and restrooms directly from your car.