San Diego, Calif.
-- Bonfires at Ocean Beach, a community of
the city of San Diego (there's an Ocean Beach in Lompoc on California Central's
Coast), are as pleasurable as the beach itself. Very much a community gathering
place, tourists who discover the charms of "OB" will like the laid-back
atmosphere, dog-friendly beach, surfing, volleyball and other sports that make
beach fire gatherings even more enjoyable.
Beach fires in fires rings are seen during
the summer months (May to September) and are free to those who come first and
stake a claim to a beach bonfire pit. You have to bring your own fire wood and
cannot throw rubbish into the fire. You are required to build your fire inside
one of the pits and you're supposed to extinguish it when you leave, if no one
else comes along asks to take over.
A great method for having a hot dog dinner
with roasted marshmallows, be sure to bring wire coat hangers or some bonfire
sticks to throw your food items on to cook. Alcoholic beverages are allowed for
the 21 and older crowd from Noon to 8 p.m. so you'll be allowed to drink, but
not too late. Don't bring any bottled drinks, however. They are not permitted
and are dangerous should the glass break and cut someone.
Consumption of alcohol is prohibited at
all times at La Jolla Shores beach and adjacent Kellogg Park, Marine Street
Beach, the Clam in La Jolla, and Santa Clara Point in Mission Bay Park.
Ocean Beach (1950 Abbott Street) is
located in the community of Ocean Beach, just south of the Mission Bay channel
entrance. This is a wide beach approximately one mile long. A volleyball area
can be found near the north end of the beach.
298 public parking spaces (including three disabled spaces) in the public lot at
the foot of Voltaire Street; 68 public parking spaces (including two disabled
spaces) at the foot of Santa Monica Avenue adjacent to the main lifeguard
station;110 public parking spaces (including three disabled spaces) at the foot
of Newport Avenue, adjacent to the Ocean Beach Pier
The basic rule of thumb is that any gathering of over 75 people requires a
permit from the Park and Recreation Department. A permit is also required for a
wedding, water event, athletic event, voice and/or music amplification, or use
of special setup equipment (such as an inflatable party jump, dunk tank, canopy,
etc.) For permit information call Regional Parks at (619) 235-1169.