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Best Beaches for Bonfires in Orange County


One of our favorite things to do during the summer is to take our kids to one of our local beaches to roast marshmallows in a fire pit and eat s’mores while watching the sunset over the crystalline ocean waters.

Families are encouraged to come early to snag one of these sought after fire pits. Curious about where to find them? We have everything to you need to know on where to find Orange County beaches with fire pits for your next summer beach bonfire.

Aliso Creek Beach
31131 S Pacific Coast Highway
Laguna Beach, CA 92651

This beach is one of our favorites to have a bonfire because the fire pits are so close to the parking spots. There is also clean bathrooms, a lifeguard, and a playground for the kids to play. If you want to get one of these fire pits, I recommend coming before the sun rises and camp out until your family is ready to make their way down to the beach.

Huntington Beach

Huntington State Beach
E Pacific Coast Hwy and Magnolia St
Huntington Beach, CA 92646

Huntington City Beach
E Pacific Coast Hwy and Main St
Huntington Beach, CA 92648

Bolsa Chica State Beach
18331 E Pacific Coast Hwy
Huntington Beach, CA 92649

When most OC locals think of the best place for a beach bonfire, it is usually Huntington Beach. The city is home to the largest amount of fire pits in Orange County at the three different beach locations. Our favorite way to spend an evening by a Huntington Beach fire pit is by reserving one at Sea Legs at the Beach. At Sea Legs, you can reserve a fire pit and sit in comfortable chairs while enjoying food and drink from the premier restaurant. All other Huntington Beach fire pits are first-come.

Newport Beach

Corona del Mar State Beach
West Jetty View Beach
Balboa Pier Beach
Newport Municipal Beach

Another popular place to bring your family for a bonfire is in Newport Beach. The city has fewer fire pits than Huntington Beach so I recommend coming extra early to snag one of these spots. A favorite of locals is Corona del Mar State Beach. However, kids can spend the afternoon at the fun zone when having a bonfire at the Balboa Pier Beach.

Dana Point

Doheny State Beach
25300 Dana Point Harbor Drive
Dana Point, CA 92629

Capistrano Beach
35005 Beach Road
Dana Point, CA 92624

During the summer, most of the Doheny State Beach fire pits are claimed early in the morning by those who are camping. If you want to go camping with a bonfire, this is the place to go. For those families who are not camping, it is easier to get one of the few bonfires at Capistrano Beach.

San Clemente

North Beach
N El Camino Real and Avenida Estacion
San Clemente, CA 92672

Riviera Beach
2300 Plaza A La Playa
San Clemente, CA 92672

San Clemente State Beach
225 Avenida Calafia
San Clemente, CA 92672

San Onofre State Beach
Old Pacific Highway and Beach Club Road
San Clemente, CA 92672

San Clemente is a popular place for South Orange County families to have a bonfire. The fire pits are limited on these beaches making it a more intimate family experience. Come early and bring your surfboard when planning a bonfire at San Onofre State Beach.

Don’t let the summer season end without creating memories that will last a lifetime while roasting marshmallows and making smores at a beach bonfire. Wanting to live closer to the beach to enjoy more summer bonfires? Find the perfect home with Arbor Real Estate. Learn more about Arbor Real Estate online, Facebook, and Instagram.

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  1. What a helpful guide! Thank you!

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