Nothing says California more than having a bonfire on the beach while watching the sunset. True, lighting a bonfire is outlawed on several LA beaches, these 6 places span from north to south along the coast and all offer unique experiences, yours is only to enjoy!

Cabrillo Beach – San Pedro

Cabrillo is actually two beaches: one facing the LA Harbor and the other facing the ocean. This is a prime spot for windsurfing, family picnics and yes, an aquarium. With a $9 flat fee for all-day parking, it won’t break the bank either.

Dockweiler – Playa Del Rey

Dockweiler has tons of volleyball courts, hang gliding and surf fishing. Get here early because the 75 fire pits go quickly. Also, don’t bring your pup (there are signs everywhere and they patrol it pretty hard). Parking fees can cost up to $12.50 in the summer, so bring a little cash. This is a great place to catch a sunset, as long as you can deal with the airplanes flying directly over your head.

Doheny State Beach

Some 254 acres of protected beach that was California’s first designated state beach back in 1931, Doheny State Beach (or DoHo) is a wonderland edging the mighty Pacific and offering everything you could ever want from this kind of venue, up to and including sensational surfing at Boneyard for the tough and the toned. However, it’s the Doheny sunsets that strike everyone’s fancy, definitely a highlight when you spend a day at this particular beach that offers plenty of opportunities for the perfect bonfire. Beware that this beach is rocky, especially at low tide, so it is best to bring along beach shoes to avoid cuts on the feet. Fire pits can be reserved and it’s a good idea to do so.

Huntington City Beach

200 pits that are on a first-come, first-served basis. If you’re a surfer or bird-watcher, this is the place to go. Also, you can buy firewood right there on the sand, parking is $15 and dogs are not allowed.

Leo Carrillo Beach – Malibu

Leo Carrillo is the perfect place to make your Facebook friends back east jealous. Make sure to take selfies of you and the surrounding cliffs, caves, hiking trails and deep blue ocean. This is a popular dog-friendly destination where you can go for the day or light a bonfire and pass out at your campsite from one too many beverages. Prices will vary based on your dates.

Point Mugu State Park – Malibu

If you’re looking to have a Mother Nature-oriented staycation, Point Mugu is where you need to be. Unlike other beaches, you can reserve a campsite and stay overnight. Dogs are allowed and if you’re a runner or hiker, Point Mugu has over 70 miles worth of trails. Prices will vary based on your dates.


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