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 that will help you secure a fire pit. Also, helpful information you need to know to have a fun and safe day at the beach.

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There are about 4-5 fire pits at La Jolla Shores on a first come, first served basis. To secure a fire pit requires some dedication as you will have to get there at or before 6 a.m. (much earlier than this during major holidays). I personally went on a Sunday last summer and got the last fire pit at 6a.m.! One beachgoer revealed to me that one summer she had gotten there at 4a.m. and all the fire pits were taken. If you’re able to successfully secure a fire pit this is what you should 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.


Swimming and Surfing
La Jolla Shores offers designated areas for swimming and surfing. La Jolla Shores is also a popular place for scuba diving, always call ahead to check surf conditions. Here are some helpful rules to follow:

  • Never swim alone and always swim near a lifeguard
  • A black & yellow checkered flag marks the swimming & surfing zones


Other Things to Know
BBQ’ing 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 if you’re able to reserve one. If you are 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. There are showers and restrooms conveniently located near the fire pits. Finding parking during peak times can be difficult so please plan accordingly. Please also be aware that the following are 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. Chime in and let us know your helpful tips for La Jolla Shores by leaving a comment below!

Helpful links and contact information:
For permit information call Regional Parks at (619)235-1169.
To check surf conditions (619)-221-8824.
La Jolla Beach Guide
City of San Diego Lifeguard Services.

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Vanessa Turkeltaub

Vanessa Turkeltaub 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, fashion, and is a self-described foodie. Follow her blogs to find out about new La Jolla businesses, events, giveaways, and much more!

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  • Dwayne Carter

    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!

    • Vanessa Turkeltaub

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