Check out your site beforehand and bring lanterns or flashlights…
When the weather is cool, there’s nothing like a seaside bonfire to warm the night air. Add some drums, the mellow tones of a flute or guitars, and you have the makings of a therapeutic night under the stars.
All it takes is a permit, some dry wood and starter kindling. And don’t forget a good lighter. In some locations, there are beach fire pits you can use. Bonfires are permitted from November 1 to April 30 when turtles are not making nests. In summer months, lights on the beach are banned, because they would disorient females trying to lay eggs and confuse hatchlings scurrying toward the safety of the sea.
Tips on Having a Good Time:
Check out your site beforehand and bring lanterns or flashlights, marshmallows and the fixings for S’mores, chairs or large blankets. A wheel barrow comes in handy, depending on the tide line, for bringing dry wood, lighter logs and a bucket for water to extinguish your coals. Smoldering embers covered with sand can unknowingly cause burns to people walking the beach after you’ve left.
You must contain your fire and are responsible for cleaning up your site afterwards. Look out for any items your guests may leave behind, they’ll appreciate being able to use them for the rest of their trip. Please remember, beer and alcohol are not allowed on the beach.
Call First for a Permit:
Volusia County: 386-239-6414, ex. 230. For more details, visit Volusia.org
Flagler County: 386-517-2010