For me, the summertime means long days at the beach, and even longer nights surrounding a bonfire with a few of my closest friends. It’s the classic SoCal experience, and one that I cherish the most.

Years ago, when I first moved to LA, it was a beach bonfire that brought together 3 strangers who I now consider some of my best friends. I remember showing up to the bonfire with a few Duraflame Campfire Roasting Logs. I wasn’t sure what to bring, but I did know that I would be having s’mores. It was actually good thinking on my part, too, because the fire was dying out and they didn’t have any more wood. Score 1 for the new guy.

Now, I should mention that not all places in LA are bonfire friendly. In fact, some don’t even have fire pits, so don’t assume every beach or park has what you need. This is why I created today’s post, featuring 5 of my favorite places to have a bonfire in Los Angeles. See my picks below:

Best Places to have a Bonfire in Los Angeles

1. Point Mugu State Park

In case you ever need an excuse to visit Malibu, let Point Mugu State Park be one of them. Unlike other bonfire locations on this list, here you can reserve a camp site and stay the night, dogs are welcome, and it features 70 miles worth of trails, if you’re into that kind of thing.

2. Dockweiler

I recommend getting to Dockweiler (Play del Rey) early so you can grab one of their 75 fire pits. While there, enjoy the volleyball courts, or perhaps some fishing. Just make sure you take a little cash with you, because parking fees in the summer can get a bit steep. Definitely one of my top places to catch a sunset in LA.

3. Cabrillo Beach

Cabrillo Beach is located in San Pedro, and is technically two different beaches. One faces the ocean, while the other LA Harbor. In my opinion, one of the best spots for families. You can park there all day for $9, so make sure you get there early and enjoy an entire day, because that’s a great rate.

4. Huntington City Beach

Huntington Beach is famous for many reasons, one of them being their 200 pits that are on a first-come, first-served basis. Get there early and get some prime bonfire real estate. This surfers paradise is a great place to chill out with friends.

5. Leo Carrillo Beach

Killer hiking trails, beautiful caves, and photoesque cliffs make up Leo Carrillo beach. Yet another amazing Malibu bonfire spot to add to your list that’s dog friendly and a great place to spend the day.