One of my favorite to do during the summer is to have a bonfire on the beach with my friends. There are quite a few beaches in Orange County, California with fire pits. However, in Los Angeles County there is only one beach with a good number of fire pits. A Dockweiler Beach bonfire is a great way to enjoy hot dogs, s’ mores, and good times with your family and friends. Of course, I’m sharing what I learned from my experience to help you have a good time if you go to Dockweiler Beach in the future.

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Dockweiler beach bonfires

1. Parking

You can find free street parking if you are willing to walk a long distance. Since I brought quite a bit of stuff for the bonfire I decided it would be easier to pay the $13 fee and park in the beach parking lot. If you do this be sure to drive down to the third parking lot which is past the restrooms. After spending a good 20 minutes trying to find a parking spot in the first lot a friend called and told me to come down to the third lot where there were several available spaces. There is no need to waste time waiting for a parking spot to open up when you can drive further down and find more spots.

2. The Fire Pits

My friends and I came to the beach after work. I knew there was a chance that all of the fire pits would already be taken but I was hopeful that one would open up. We ended up deciding not to do a fire and just hung out on the beach. There were several groups near us who had brought their own fire pits which I have never thought of before. Luckily, on a return trip, I was able to get one.

dockweiler fire pits

Of course, there is always a chance that one or two fire pits will open up at night when people leave. However, the earlier in the day that you can arrive is better so that you can try and grab one of the fire pits. The pits are very popular since this is the only beach in LA County where you can have a bonfire. I was able to get wood at Walmart for under $5 which was great!

Los Angeles County Beaches with Fire Pits

Dockweiler – Playa Del Rey

Cabrillo Ocean Beach – San Pedro

3. The Hours

Since my friends and I came from work we weren’t able to get to the beach before 8 pm. Dockweiler Beach closes at 10 pm. Of course, not everyone leaves around that time but from what I’ve heard people start getting tickets if they try to stay too long past that.

4. Dockweiler Beach Movie Nights

The Department of Beaches and Harbors presents Beach Movie Nights. Enjoy free family-friendly movie screenings on the sand, by the waves, and under the stars at the Dockweiler Youth Center, on Friday nights this summer! It is really fun to watch movies at the beach but also very cold so please bundle up and bring blankets. All movies start at 8:00 p.m. Use Address 12505 Vista Del Mar Playa del Rey, CA 90293. You can RSVP for updates on the event but it is not necessary to RSVP in order to attend.

June 14 | Shrek
June 21 | Under The Boardwalk
June 28 | The Mighty Ducks
July 5 | Finding Nemo
July 12 | Space Jam
July 19 | Migration
July 26 | Lilo and Stitch
August 2 | Wish
August 9 | Kung Fu Panda 4
August 16 | The Little Mermaid (2023)
August 23 | Ruby Gillman, Teenage Kraken
August 30 | Trolls Band Together

Interested in other outdoor movie screenings in LA? Check out our guide here.

Interested in a beach bonfire in Orange County? Check out this blog post with a list of all the locations.

About The Author

Michelle Ares is the founder and creative director of LA Dreaming. I have a passion for Southern California and love sharing my adventures and experiences with you. I love to travel, find new places to check out, and watch movies. You can follow me on Instagram @la.dreaming

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