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A Lot of Sweet Nothings in Black’s Beach aka Nude Beach

I can hear computer mouse already clicking miles from blogosphere to where I sit, with that title that reads “Nude Beach”. I hate to disappoint you but I have to respect all the nakedness on this beach.

When I said “sweet nothings”, I didn’t just mean to play with words. It was when I was browsing through my shots that I found out that most of what I captured are commonly those languid, spontaneous, subtle moments.

Coming down the high cliff was easy as there are made-up stairs and paths provided. Caution still has to be practiced because the descend is prone to tripping hazards for its slippery sandy ground, and landslides can occur at any time. The ascend is however a torture. There are a lot of hesitations from people coming down, and a lot of catching breath from people that are going up.

Once you hit the bottom though, you’ll be in for a surprise. I hit the shore and ahoy! people are on their birthday suits. A lot of hanging and dangling going on while walking, suntanning, reading newspaper, playing volleyball or eating. I highly admired their “boldness”. This is something I won’t even consider doing.

But that is not the end reward I was talking about exactly…

To my left was a really good view to a portion of San Diego cityscape. Black’s Beach is also surfers’ favorite for its great waves. To my right is this unbelievable, picturesque view that looks as though painted by nature or pixel-designed for a video game location setting.

It looks quite unreal to me that I went trigger-happy with my camera.

Black’s Beach is 3 miles from La Jolla shores and is below the Torrey Pines Gliderport. Soaring hang gliders are additional sights.

Watch out when taking pictures, most naked people do not appreciate strollers with camera around their neck. You do want to ruin or disturb the liberty of them exposing their entire body, esp. not for the whole web to see. I respected their privacy, or should I say public display.

After all the stealing glances, nature watch, and gasping for breath climbing up, I got Cassandra front row tix to view the golden California sun.

I know.

Last Call…

I know my images of the sun have been praised a lot, but I was never content. I continued to play with the camera setting… Finally! I get to take a picture of the sun with that ring so visible. Sounds simple and low, and that most of you are already successful with, but this is quite an accomplishment to me.


Future Posts:

San Diego Zoo
Torrey Pines Gliderport


  1. Jude says:

    Fabulous photos Rommel!

  2. Terry says:

    Nude…does get you hits! My Seattle post got the most hits while on my travels. Great job with the pictures.

    How did you post the two pics together between writings? It seems I have to post all together or one pic between writings.


  3. Angelia Sims says:

    Wah! I wanna be in California! And that view?? Oh my gosh….amazing!! Not sure if it’s worth seeing all those dangly things though… :-O~~

  4. I was at Black’s Beach many years ago and was amazed at how comfortable people of all ages and sizes were in their own skin. I envy that as I can’t say the same for me. As always Rommel, your photos are superb!

    • rommel says:

      They are playing volleyball for Pete’s sake. They are wide open convenient to bare it all. Hehe. I wouldn’t be THAT comfortable.

  5. Gilly Gee says:

    I stumbled onto a nudist beach one time … as then shot off as quick as I could, i didn’t know where to look!

  6. janet says:

    Glad you stopped by my blog and enjoyed “Monet’s Rabbit.” Beautiful photos here. I had a good laugh when I read about the nude beach. A friend and I accidentally ended up on one in Mykonos many years ago and believe me, it wasn’t all that exciting! Most people look better with at least a modicum of clothes. 🙂

    Stop by any time and I’ll do the same.

  7. Socal Moslem says:

    …you beat me to it! i was out there in June and have been meaning to post on blacks beach and also the history of race and water sports. obviously i’m more political so everything gets political with me. anyway, thanks for visiting my blog!

  8. Madhu says:

    No interest in the hanging, dangling things either. Much prefer your scenic pictures, thank you very much🙂 Gorgeous sunset.

  9. Connie T says:

    You did take some beautiful pictures there.

  10. The first and only time I’ve been to Black’s, a naked man woke me up from my sunbathing nap to offer me a water bottle. Fun times!


  11. Pia Valentin Sørensen says:

    I would sure like to see this place some day – not the naked people! – But the cliffs, the dunes, the beach, the water and the sunset above the waves.

  12. Eric Hinchman says:

    thx for the “like”…cool shots of the dunes. reminds me of the east coast version in Montauk, NY

  13. I used to hang out, so to speak, at Blacks Beach, from April 1993 to October 2001 when I started my home inspection business and the darn cell phone didn’t work down on Blacks Beach. Ah, well.

  14. Jesus! You really do get around… Ever been to any great place in La Union, Philippines? Heard the beach in Bauang is great.

    Then rub it in – like salt to my wounds!

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  16. Jo Bryant says:

    well I am so glad you showed me this…cause with that drop to get there and back…never gonna happen for me

  17. I ocean swam in La Jolla for 14 years. You took me down memory lane on this one – been there. I too think that the sunset image is a great accomplishment – well done, rommel!

    • rommel says:

      Ocean swam in La Jolla!? I always think of it as a dangerous area to swim. I guess some parts you can.
      Ow! I think this is the very first time when I really started posting dramatic images big time.

  18. Sony Fugaban says:

    I would do the same if I were to go to the place. With the kind of subjects you presented here, there’s no reason for me to take pictures of those who are exposing themselves–physically–on the beach but savor the bigger picture. That is, the scenery.

    Love the sunset. hehe

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  20. tchistorygal says:

    You are so funny talking about hanging dangly things. I have to admit I was curious that anyone would be taking pictures of a nude beach, and even more curious because it was one of your top posts!!! But you actually got some great pictures. I do like your sun pictures best!!! I guess even bad bodies sell!!! Good advertising technique, Rommel!!! 🙂

  21. I like the way you captured the sky diver. He looks like he’s floating as you look at the image.
    Well done !!!

  22. When I was about 11 or 12, my older sister and her boyfriend thought it would be fun to take me to “the” beach. This was in the mid-70’s. We arrived early and they promptly left me for a swim in the ocean. I was tanning in my bathing suit and suddenly looked up an around to find myself surrounded by naked people! They thought it was quite funny…I was mortified.🙂

  23. annetbell says:

    Lovely beach images on a gray, cold day in New York!

  24. Extraordinary photographs. Very nicely done!

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