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.
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!
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
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.
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