Bonfires offer a time honored tradition and gathering of friends, family and acquaintances to enjoy the outdoor weather, a blazing fire and other earth elements— wind and water, to make for an outdoor experience that can be pleasantly memorable.
As youngsters in scout camps we learn how to build fires, how to cook over them, and use them in nature for survival purposes. Perhaps it is that what's so primal and appealing about experiencing a beach bonfire.
Bring some hot dogs, sticks to cook with, beverages (no glass allowed on public beaches) and marshmallows, graham crackers and chocolate for s'mores.
Places that still have bonfire pits include Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, Corona del Mar, Doheny Beach, a few areas of San Diego, perhaps, and Oceano Dunes State Beach. The options are becoming slimmer for this pleasure so you have to call first to confirm.
HUNTINGTON BEACH Head Count: 600 pits — Bolsa Chica State Beach (200); Huntington State Beach (200); Huntington City Beach (200)
LOS ANGELES: Cabrillo Beach (San Pedro); Dockweiler Beach
MALIBU: Leo Carillo State Beach
NEWPORT BEACH — Big Corona; Balboa Pier; Newport Pier; Newport Dunes
SAN DIEGO: City officials nearly got rid of their pits but locals fought to save them — La Jolla; Mission Beach; Ocean Beach; Mission Bay; Fiesta Island