Torrey Pines State Beach & Natural Preserve


Torrey Pines State Beach is a long expansive beach that is perfect for any van or RV nomad looking to spend the day on the beach. It allows you to park your van alongside Carlsbad Boulevard and stare at the ocean. It offers surfing, fishing, volleyball courts, restrooms, showers, and everything else. 


Torrey Pines State Beach is located between La Jolla and Del Mar, a beautiful coastal habitat. It makes a great place for any or RV nomad looking to visit the beach and go hiking the coastal bluffs.

The beach has restrooms, a few picnic tables, trash bins, drinking fountains, and outdoor sinks. The outdoor showers have been removed.

 Torrey Pines State Natural Preserve

Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve is a wilderness with hiking trails for exploration.  This fragile environment is the home of our nation’s rarest pine tree – Pinus Torreyana.
The preserve has a few good trails you can hike on. These include the Guy Flemming, Parry Grove, North/South Fork, Beach, Broken Hills, and Razor Point trails.  Each of these trails provides a unique experience of the local vegetation and offers amazing views. 


Parking Fees

There are two parking areas; North Beach Parking and South Beach Parking Lot. RV longer than a standard parking spot is allowed only in the North Beach lot. Both of these parking lots can fill up during the weekends. 

  • General Admission Day Use fee is $15 per vehicle 

It’s a privilege to have Torrey Pines State Beach for our enjoyment, so please practice Leave No Trace principles.


There are two locations where you can park to enter the beach. 

  • North Beach Parking: 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.
  • South Beach Parking (Torrey Pines State Natural Preserve): For north parking processed on south on North Torrey Pines Road for a mile. Turn right onto Torry Pines Rd. YOu will see the parking lot.

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