Enjoying A Bonfire At La Jolla Shores

Enjoying a bonfire at La Jolla Shores is a popular activity especially during summer and major holidays like Memorial Day and Fourth of July. Securing a fire pit at La Jolla Shores can be challenging; that’s why we’ve put together some helpful tips and information you need to know to have a fun and safe day at the beach.

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Fire pits

There are about 4-5 fire pits at La Jolla Shores on a first-come basis. To secure a fire pit requires dedication as you will have to get there at or before 6 a.m. (much earlier during major holidays). I personally went on a Sunday one summer and got the last fire pit at 6a.m.! If you’re able to successfully secure a fire pit this is what you need to know:

  • The burning of rubbish is prohibited.
  • Only wood (no pallets), charcoal or paper products may be used as fuel.
  • The fire must be extinguished before leaving the beach.
  • Fires are not allowed between midnight and 5 a.m.
  • Coals must be removed or deposited in hot coal containers.
  • Open beach fires outside containers are prohibited!

SEE ALSO: Discover all of the unique beaches along La Jolla’s 7-mile coastline


La Jolla Shores is staffed with lifeguards year round. Lifeguards are generally on duty from 9:00 a.m. to dusk; check with lifeguards for specific staff hours. [image: @uniiity via instagram]

Swimming and Surfing

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La Jolla Shores offers designated areas for swimming and surfing. The Shores is also a popular place for scuba diving, and kayaking. Here are some helpful tips and rules to follow:

  • Always call ahead to check surf conditions.
  • Never swim alone and always swim near a lifeguard.
  • A black & yellow checkered flag marks the swimming & surfing zones.

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Other Things to Know

BBQing on the beach is prohibited, however, you can BBQ on the grassy area that is located right across the boardwalk. There is also a limited amount of built-in public BBQ’s available or you can eat at one of the nearby La Jolla restaurants. There are showers and restrooms conveniently located near the fire pits. Finding parking during peak times can be difficult so please plan accordingly. If you’re planning a large gathering be sure to follow this basic rule of thumb: any gathering of more than 50 people requires a permit from the Park and Recreation Department. Please also be aware that the following is NOT allowed on the beach, cliffs, walkways, park areas and adjacent parking lots:

  • No alcoholic beverages
  • No glass containers
  • No smoking
  • No littering
  • No disturbing noise
  • No overnight camping
  • No dogs (From November 1 through March 31, dogs are NOT allowed on the beach between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. From April 1 through October 31, dogs are NOT allowed on the beach between 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.)

La Jolla Shores is located at 8200 Camino del Oro (between Vallecitos & Lee Ln) in la Jolla, CA 92037.

Helpful contact information:

  • For permit information call Regional Parks at (619)235-1169.
  • To check surf conditions (619)-221-8824.
  • For all emergency’s please call 9-1-1.
  • SEE ALSO: Ready for more? Check out our Torrey Pines Hiking Trails Guide!

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    7 thoughts on “Enjoying A Bonfire At La Jolla Shores

    1. HI I want to do an afternoon bonfire in December for a birthday party. Is there any reason to get there early in the winter? I cant imagine that they would fill up but this is a birthday party so I have to make sure.

    2. I want to do a bonfire at la jolla shores in the evening, so do we still need to grab the fire pit in the morning. I have seen fire pits where there is no one around in late afternoon, are they already taken by someone ?

      thanks, rob

    3. Excellent review of La Jolla Shores. I am a San Diego native and you couldn’t have described this place any better! Excellent tips on fire pits as well. Overall great blog!! thank you!

      • Hi Dwayne, thank you for your feedback. Glad these tips were helpful for you. I know they were for me 🙂

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