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Tourmaline Surfing Park, San Diego

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Beach · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
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Tourmaline Surfing Park is a beach access point and a surf spot in North Pacific Beach, San Diego, California, USA. The park is situated at the northern end of Pacific Beach, a short distance south of where the sand beach ends and the rocky promontory of La Jolla begins. There are cliffs to the north and south of Tourmaline Surfing Park, but the park itself lies in Tourmaline Canyon, which cuts down through those cliffs to the beach.

Tourmaline Surfing Park is less than 1000 feet west of the point where Tourmaline Street crosses La Jolla Boulevard. Reaching the park involves a steep, palm-lined descent through Tourmaline Canyon to a fairly large parking lot, which is slightly elevated but situated right beside the beach. There are showers and restrooms, as well as railings and places to sit.
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  • Great beach for walking, relaxing and people watching. Lots of shops and restaurants near by. Also saw lots of surfers. 
    Great beach for walking, relaxing and people watching. Lots of shops and restaurants near by. Also saw lots of surfers.  more »
  • Where can you park just a few steps away from the beach? Here. Go on a weekday and it will be a lot less crowded and that parking will be easy to find. Then you can bring your beach chair and enjoy... 
    Where can you park just a few steps away from the beach? Here. Go on a weekday and it will be a lot less crowded and that parking will be easy to find. Then you can bring your beach chair and enjoy...  more »
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  • Super cool surfing beach, perfect for my beginner experience level. Learned to ride sizable green waves here. Plenty of surfers around but not overly crowded. However, the stingrays are a problem. I was getting off my board and stepped right on one. Spent the rest of my day in hot water... it was unpleasant but nothing major. Don’t let it steer you away from surfing though, shuffling your feet should scare them stingrays away. Having surfing boots is even better. Overall everyone is different but for me the experience (even with the stingray) is gonna be a great memory.
  • Beautiful surf spot in North Pacific Beach. Tourmaline is a surfing-only beach, no swimming allowed. The gentle, slow-rolling waves are good for novice surfers, longboarders and seasoned surfers alike. Not so good for short boards but whatever works for ya. Great sunset spot as well! Leave only foot prints, take all of your trashes home. Let’s keep the beach clean!

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