Some of the county’s best beaches are north of the Shores in Torrey Pines City Park, between the Salk Institute and Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. Hang gliders and paragliders launch into the sea breezes rising over the cliffs at Torrey Pines Gliderport, at the end of Torrey Pines Scenic Dr. It’s a beautiful sight – tandem flights are available if you can’t resist trying it. La Jolla Shores and Black’s Beach are popular surfing spots.

Black’s Beach is also one of America’s most storied clothing-optional venues – though bathing suits are technically required, most folks here don’t seem to know that; there’s a gay section at the far (north) end.