Beach Bonfire at Ocean Beach

San Francisco Ocean Beach

  • Activities:

    Chillin, Bodysurfing, Surfing

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  • Season:

    Year Round

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You'll feel like you're out of the hustle of the city taking in the sunset at OB. It's an easy meeting spot for friends, family, and large groups - you can take the N Judah all the way to the beach.

Yes, it's often cold in the city. So, what's the best way to warm up? Bring some blankets, a jacket or two, and come out to Ocean Beach to enjoy a bonfire, a sunset, and some quality time with friends. The fire pits are between Fulton and Lincoln. On a sunny day, get there early if you want to get an actual fire pit! Need to kill a little time waiting for the crew to show up, go for a surf or set up a volleyball net!

Photos: The Tahoe Guy, Bill Couch

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  • Blankets
  • Jackets
  • Firewood & matches
  • Hot Dogs & marshmallows
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The park rangers here have gotten particularly more stingy in recent years about following the rules to have a bonfire. Do be aware that the rangers will come around at 9pm sharp every night with a shovel to put out your bonfire. Rules you should obey: - Keep your fire in an actual fire pit. If you fail to do this you might get cited. Be sure to get there early (around 5pm) to reserve your spot. They're free and first come first serve. - Have a water pail to put out your fire nearby. Although fire can't spread on sand, the park rangers get annoyed if you don't have anything to put it out with. You can just bring a bucket and fill it with ocean water. - Alcohol is not permitted. A lot of people drink anyway. In my experiences, and I've done a few bonfires, it seems the rangers are very used to it and are pretty lenient about it. - Last but not least, don't piss the rangers off. They will most likely find a way to cite you if you annoy them. When they come around at 9 to put out your fire, obey them and pack up. If you don't, you'll probably get a ticket. There is a Safeway across the street, if you need to fill up on supplies. They also have firewood, but it's definitely cheaper to get it elsewhere or bring your own. All in all, it's always a lot of fun. DRESS WARM!

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

Real cold the night I was at a bonfire, but that's what the fire and beers are for. GREAT time.

almost 2 years ago
almost 2 years ago

Ocean Beach, albeit a bit chilly most nights, is perfect scenery for a summer/fall bonfire. As everyone else has mentioned, get there early and make a day of it. Cruise over to Safeway (across the street) for firewood, beer, and food or to Kawika's Ocean Beach Deli for some of the best sandwiches in town.

about 2 years ago
about 2 years ago

Get there early!

about 3 years ago
about 3 years ago

First week of January OB Surf+Bonfire is a must - Offshore winds, winter swell, plenty of Christmas Trees in the streets to burn on the beach.

almost 4 years ago
almost 4 years ago

You can sometimes get the evening glass-off, so don't count OB out!

almost 4 years ago
almost 4 years ago

reserve fire pit early

almost 4 years ago
almost 4 years ago

Dress warmly!! It can get pretty cold out there. Also, the Safeway right by the beach sells kindling and firewood.

about 4 years ago
about 4 years ago

You can pick up wood at the Safeway on La Playa. You should get there early if you want a fire pit. There were people building fires in the sand - not the safest idea, but it was happening.

about 4 years ago
about 4 years ago

There's a Safeway tucked in across the street from the beach at Fulton if you need any last minute supplies.

over 4 years ago
over 4 years ago

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