Enjoying A Bonfire At La Jolla Shores

Enjoying a bonfire at La Jolla Shores is a very 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, first served 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!


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]



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

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.

[image: @scoutsociety via instagram]

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. 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.

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Vanessa Turkeltaub
Vanessa Turkeltaub graduated from UC San Diego with a BA in Communication. She has been with Blue Book Publishers for over 5 years, and has written over one-hundred La Jolla related articles. She enjoys going to concerts, art, and traveling. Follow her blogs to find out about new La Jolla businesses, events, giveaways, and much more! (vanessa@lajollabluebook.com)
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2 thoughts on “Enjoying A Bonfire At La Jolla Shores

  1. 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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