It turns out that the safest, freest beach in our survey of beaches is the one closest to home. At Torrey Pines Beach, the water goes bad near runoff locations, but that’s about it. Since there are no posted warnings about sharks, cold water and rip tides, we can trust that these dangers never occur here. It may in fact be illegal to smoke and drink at this beach, but the local authorities don’t seem to be making a big deal out of it. It’s a relief to know that dogs are not allowed to bring glass containers to the beach. I understand that can be a big problem.