Immediately north of La Jolla is Black’s Beach, San Diego’s infamous nude beach. This is more of a beach and bear tour than a beach and beer tour, so… we ain’t going there today. A little farther north is Del Mar, with great oceanside dining at Jake’s but their signature brewery (Viewpoint Brewing Company) is better situated for horse racing than a beach day. The San Deigo beach towns march on one after another into North County until you reach Oceanside and Camp Pendelton. For the sake of brevity, we’ll stop at Torrey Pines Beach, the unofficial boundary between North and South County in San Diego.
Torrey Pines State Park is a large enough natural area for it to have no brewery paring, but I’ll let you in on a little secret that I learned when I worked at the Lodge at Torrey Pines. You can park at the Lodge and enjoy a delicious breakfast at A.R. Valentien or lunch at The Grill at Torrey Pines, where you can grab a drink and arguably the best burger in San Diego. Afterward, keep your parking spot and walk next door to enjoy a hike into Torrey Pines State Park to burn off those calories and take in some of San Diego’s most scenic beach views.
If you’re a golfer, consider trying to get a walk-on spot on a weekday ‘twilight’ round at Torrey Pines. The course is notoriously booked (even with a $45 booking fee), but we routinely had guests who could get a spot on the twilight round, which varies from 12:30 – 3:00 depending on the time of year. You can play a PGA course with amazing views at almost 1/2 for green fees and cart rentals, often times without a reservation. Just check on the way into The Grill. Worst comes to worst, you just hike Torrey Pines instead.