Gates open at 7:15 am and close at Sunset.
Torrey Pines State Beach
One of the more common complaints in the summer time at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve is the parking. When the South lot fills up, we close the entrance and visitors need to head to North Beach for parking. There is now a flashing light on the top of the kiosk to alert visitors when the gate is closed. With this early alert visitors can choose to head straight to North Beach rather than coming all the way to the South entrance, getting frustrated with the closure and then make poor and unsafe choices about how to get from the right lane to U-turn. Once you know exactly where to look you can even see the light from the top of High Bridge or Carmel Valley Rd.
Torrey Pines is one of the most popular State Parks in San Diego. As a result of this, Torrey Pines becomes very crowded during the summer time. The hours between 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM tend to be the busiest hours of the reserve, so it is best to plan around these times!
Water restriction has been lifted. Full Showers in the North Beach parking lot have been turned on and a foot rinse only station has been installed in the South Beach parking lot.
State beaches are areas with frontage on the ocean, or bays designed to provide swimming, boating, fishing, and other beach-oriented recreational activities. This wide, sandy beach stretches 4 1/2 miles from Del Mar past Los Peñasquitos Lagoon to the base of sandstone cliffs at Torrey Pines Mesa. Swimming, surfing and fishing are popular. Red-hued bluffs and wet sand make strolling on the beach popular at low tide. A picnic area and parking lot are near the entrance on North Torrey Pines Road.
The beach can also be reached by trail from the Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.
Annual Passes are now sold at the entrance kiosk station operated by our concessionaire, LAZ Parking. The entrance kiosk station is open from 8:00am to approximately a 1/2 hour before sunset 365 days a year.
Torrey Pines prohibits dogs anywhere within the reserve and beach boundaries (even within a vehicle).
Torrey Pines State Beach is located between La Jolla and Del Mar, California, north of San Diego. There are two locations where you can park to enter the beach. From Hwy 5 going southbound, exit on Carmel Valley Road and drive west for about 1.5 miles until you reach McGonigle Road. Turn left on McGonigle Road to enter the parking lot where you can self-pay to park and walk to the beach. Or you can continue driving straight to North Torrey Pines Road. Turn left and proceed along the beach for about a mile. The park entrance is on your right just before the highway begins to climb the Torrey Pines grade, where you also pay to park.
From Hwy 5 northbound, exit Genesee Ave and turn left. Continue on Genesee Ave, veering to the right onto N. Torrey Pines Road for approximately 4.5 miles. Turn left when you reach the bottom of the grade to enter the park. To access the north end of Torrey Pines State Beach, continue northbound on N. Torrey Pines Road until you reach Carmel Valley Road. Turn right until you reach McGonigle Road then turn right into the parking lot.
Available Activities and Facilities at Torrey Pines State Beach
Nature & Wildlife Viewing
Restrooms / Showers
Drinking Water Available