The Beaches of Del Mar- Torrey Pines State Beach


North Beach at Torrey Pines State Beach is on the north side of the lagoon entrance at Los Penasquitos Marsh Natural Preserve. The lagoon and wetlands are excellent for bird-watching. Like Torrey Pines South Beach across the marsh entrance channel the North Beach has a large parking lot with easy access and nice facilities. When the water is deep enough you can swim in the saltwater at the channel, but it’s often hardly a trickle, just deep enough for splashing around in. When conditions are safe you can play in the surf here too, but the waves can be up and better suited for surfing which is popular. There are lifeguards on staff in the summer months. Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve is on the hill above the beach and has hiking trails to many great vista points. The city of Del Mar is just north and La Jolla isn’t far away to the south.

Address: Carmel Valley Rd and Mc Gonigle Rd La Jolla, CA 92121

Park Name: Torrey Pines State Beach, Los Penasquitos Marsh Natural Preserve, Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve

Owner: State Park

Activities: Bird watching, Hiking, Fishing, Swimming, Surfing, Sunbathing, Beach Walking

Amenities: Lagoon, Lifeguard, Restrooms, Showers

Pet Policy: No dogs allowed on the beach

Fees: Fee for park entrance, but free street parking nearby


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