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Where to Have a Beach Bonfire in the Bay Area


It's always a good time for a bonfire. (Well, unless it's a Spare the Air day or off-season.)

Here are a few of our favorite spots to have a legal bonfire on the beach in the Bay Area; just make sure to check with park rangers and sites first for regulations and available dates.

Bonfire at Ocean Beach

Bonfires at Ocean Beach in San Francisco.

(Tyler Drake, courtesy of The Outbound)

Warm up around a bonfire with friends and family at San Francisco's favorite beach. The fire pits are located at the north end of the beach and are easy to access. This is an ideal spot for a group outing as there's ample space and lots of convenient parking. Learn more.

Inside Tip: For those of you without a car, or who prefer public transportation, you can take the N Judah all the way to the beach.

Bonfire at Muir Beach

Muir Beach is a little further away, but that usually translates to less crowds. If you're looking for an isolated spot to take in the sunset, build a bonfire, and hang out with some good friends, then this is your spot. Learn more.

Inside Tip: The beach closes one hour after sunset. Also, from December through April, there are only three fire pits on the beach, located toward the south end of the parking lot.

Pt. Reyes Beach Bonfire

Named after the famed explorer, Sir Francis Drake, Drake's Beach is part of the scenic Point Reyes National Seashore and is an absolute stunner. If you're looking to spend an entire day in this neck of the woods, grab some snacks and some firewood and head out to the beach. Learn more.

Inside Tip: You'll need to pick up a fire permit for the day of your outing. You can find the details by visiting Nps.gov or by calling the Bear Valley Visitor Center at (415) 464-5100 x2 x5.

A Beach Bonfire in Santa Cruz

This one-mile stretch of beach is the perfect option for those seeking a peaceful Santa Cruz experience, without the crowds. The beach features soft sand, playful surf, an awesome view of Walton Lighthouse, and a handful of fire pits to choose from. Learn more.

Inside Tip: Get there early, as fire pits go quick. Also, parking during the summer months can be difficult and often requires a permit. Permits may be purchased from the Live Oak Parking trailer.

Bonfire at Seabright State Beach

This wide, beautiful beach is an amazing spot to spend the day and enjoy a bonfire at night. Seabright is probably the most popular spot in Santa Cruz for a bonfire, due to its convenient proximity to the Beach Boardwalk. There are 10 fire pits to choose from. Learn more.

Inside Tip: It's a popular spot, so plan on spending the day at the beach to ensure you get a fire pit. The beach closes at 10pm.

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