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Beaches and bonfires go together like… well, beaches and sunshine. And luckily, there are still a few in the Bay Area that will allow you to use their fire pits. So the next time you’re near San Francisco, grab your S’mores supplies and make some memories at one of these beaches.

Muir Beach

Muir Beach is part of the Golden Gate Recreational Area. A mere six fire rings are available here, so if you’re hoping for a bonfire, you’ll want to arrive early. This is one of the most beautiful areas in Marin County, so needless to say, it’s a popular place. Muir Beach is just 11 miles from the Golden Gate Bridge and three miles west of Muir Woods. Fires are allowed from 9 AM until an hour after sunset.

Ocean Beach

Ocean Beach is, by far, the largest of San Francisco’s beaches. For over 100 years, it has been a popular destination for locals who need an escape from the city. There are plenty of fire pits available for use, the majority sitting between Stairwells #15 and 16, and #21 through #28.

While not in the SF area, here are a couple of other options if you are willing to venture further out.

Seabright Beach

Santa Cruz is about 70 miles south of San Francisco, but a trip to Seabright Beach is definitely worth the drive. Located near the historic Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History, this is a popular place to have a bonfire since they aren’t allowed at Main Beach. The 10 fire pits here are available on a first come, first serve basis.

Dillon Beach

About 60 miles north of San Francisco, on Bodega Bay, you will find Dillon Beach. This privately owned beach can be accessed for a small fee. The fee is well worth it as this beach has amenities such as restrooms, picnic tables and, of course, fire pits!

For a more complete list of California beaches that allow bonfires, check out our guide.