Updated May 4, 2023. Bonfires and the beach just seem to go together. Read more to find out how to have an unforgettable (and legal) experience as the sun goes down your favorite Florida beaches. Official Florida county links below.
Are beach bonfires allowed in Florida?
Florida beach bonfires are a popular activity. There are many beaches that allow bonfires. It is a great way to spend time with friends, family, and loved ones. Florida beach bonfires are easy to organize on quite a few beaches. It is important to follow safety precautions, protect the wildlife (sea turtle nests), and understand Florida laws. Some beaches may have modified their rules after the 2022 hurricane season, so ALWAYS check with the beach authority before planning your bonfire on the beach.
Where to Have A Bonfire on the Beach
You may be thinking...isn't Florida hot enough? But what's better than a bonfire, some close friends and a sunset? Maybe add in a glass of wine or some spirits? There are quite a few beaches that allow bonfires in Florida. Some require permits, others require reservations. You can choose an Atlantic ocean beach, a Gulf coast beach or one in the Florida Panhandle along State Road 30A. Let’s explore where you can go to enjoy this timeless experience on the Florida coast.
Bonfire Packages Make It Easy
There are companies that will provide a complete bonfire experience with a package. So easy! They provide the beach permit, wood, fire pit setup and cleanup, S’mores and roasting sticks, plus other snacks. They may also bring blankets and pillows, beach chairs, and music. A fire pit attendant will make sure the entire experience is taken care of from start to finish.
South Walton beaches in the Florida Panhandle have a variety of companies that provide beach bonfire packages. Although we have not used them, here are some companies listed on Highway 30A. This can be a great group, beach wedding or corporate event experience especially if they take care of the county permitting. Before your bonfire, you can enjoy the ocean or look for shells on the beach together.
Another company, located in New Smyrna Beach, delivers a relaxing beach experience with cabanas, chairs, fire pits and s'mores kit. Check out the options at Beachfront Bellhop.
DIY Bonfire on the Beach: check with officials first!
Florida beach bonfires are a great way to spend time on the beach in an unforgettable way. The following beaches allow bonfires on the beach but there may be restrictions such as time of year, locations, equipment etc. Always check the official county website before taking action!
List of Official Counties and Locations
If allowed to have a beach bonfire, make sure that you have all the necessary ingredients for a safe and successful bonfire:
A very important point is to dispose of your bonfire debris in the correct manner. If using charcoal to grill, beach visitors must take the charcoal with them and properly dispose of it OFF the beachfront. Charcoal cannot be disposed of in any beach trash containers. Do not put charcoal in the sand! Trash and wood that wasn't burned must also be removed.
We recommend you contact the county you want to have a bonfire in directly. Their rules can change without notice. Sometimes they don’t allow burning because of fire risk. It’s best to call them first.
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