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Beaches With Barbecue Pits in San Diego

author image Dawn R. Levesque
Dawn Renée Levesque has been a writer for over 30 years. Her travel and fashion photographs have been exhibited in Europe and the United States. As a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Levesque is the author of "Women Who Walk With the Sky" and co-author of "Wisdom of Bear." She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in photography.
Beaches With Barbecue Pits in San Diego
Grill marinated kebabs over a barbecue pit for a succulent beach dish. Photo Credit barbecue on skewers image by NiDerLander from <a href='http://www.fotolia.com'>Fotolia.com</a>

Visitors will find permanent concrete grills along the grassy knolls of the beaches and beach fire pits, permanent large cement rings set in the sand scattered along the beaches. Grilling on San Diego beaches requires wood purchased or delivered to the desired site, preferably clean-burning firewood. Some San Diego beaches permit usage of your own barbecue grill. Sear fresh fish on a grill grate over the fire pit, skewer kebabs using organic vegetables from the farmers market or set up a rotisserie over the flames.

Beach Regulations

On San Diego beaches, fires are permitted only in fire containers provided by the City or in personal barbecues elevated off the ground, according to the City of San Diego (see Reference 1). Remove or deposit hot coals in the appropriately-marked hot coal containers located on the beaches. Note that each San Diego Beach has its own set of regulations and restrictions.


Discover Bonita Cove near South Mission Beach. Divided into east and west, Bonita Cove features an expansive grassy area adjacent to the beach. The locations have picnic tables with barbecue grills on the grass and fire rings on the beach. Both sites require a San Diego Park and Recreation permit for gatherings.

Popular with swimmers and novice surfers, La Jolla Shores and La Jolla Cove each features a wide, sandy beach with a boardwalk spanning its length. Find fire pits for barbecuing scattered along the beach with weekend crowds quickly claiming them from early morning. The beach has amenities such as restrooms, showers and picnic areas.


The popular Mission Beach falls between Mission Bay and Pacific Beach. Its Ocean Front Walk separates the beach from the grassy section, attracting skaters, runner, bicyclists and walkers. On the north end, near Belmont Amusement Park, locate picnic tables and barbecue grills along the green. North Mission Beach does not allow beach fires but you can find beach fire pits on the south end, which are popular with surfers and the college crowd.


Ocean Beach sits between the San Diego River and Point Loma and draws locals and a college-aged crowd. Locally known for its strong rip currents, novice swimmers should steer clear of the water. Observe volleyball action on the north side with rinse-off showers provided on the south. Ocean Beach offers fire pits for grilling on a first-come, first-served basis.

South of Crystal Pier, Pacific Beach extends from Mission Bay to the La Jolla Cliffs. Pacific Beach is popular during peak season with college students. Utilize the provided grills on the green on a first-come, first-served basis. The City of San Diego permits contained beach fires at Pacific Beach during the summer months using wood, charcoal and paper products.

Amenities and Views

Discover Crown Point east of Ingraham Street. Divided into three sections, the park abuts a long, narrow, sandy beach with Crown Point South containing a smaller grassy area but a much wider beach. The north side provides a picnic shelter with tables and both areas offer barbecue grills and fire rings. Visitors will find restrooms, rinse-off showers and views of the city, Fiesta Island and Sea World at Crown Beach South.

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