San Francisco’s Ocean Beach is back in business for bonfire season! As of March 1, the beach’s 16 public fire pits are available for use between Stairwells 15-20. Guests may not use them between 9:30pm-6am.
The National Park Service manages the beach’s fire pits, which are first-come, first-serve. Your best bet to nab one is to arrive before noon and make a beach day of it. Groups of 25 or more must acquire a permit for $60.
Fire pits close at 9:30pm each night, and parking lots soon after at 10pm. You may only make a fire in the provided pits without using accelerants such as starter logs or lighter fluid. Bring your own firewood, kindling, and of course s’mores supplies – but leave alcohol and glass at home. Fires must be extinguished with water only, so don’t forget to bring a bucket. And it goes without saying: pack your trash. You can see detailed fire pit rules and regulations here.
When was the last time you enjoyed a beach bonfire? Check out the fire pits at Ocean Beach all the way through October.