A beach trip is the perfect way to spend the day with friends or family. There are so many things you can do while visiting a coastal location. Surf the waves, play some beach volleyball or just relax and sleep in the sand- The activities you can do are endless! Contrary to popular belief, beach getaways don’t necessarily have to equate with just lounging around and drinking the night away. A trip featuring the coastline calls for an outdoor adventure! Beach destinations like Mallorca, Spain and Queensland, Australia boast coastal landscapes that are perfect for energetic activities like Jet-skiing or snorkeling in the ocean. As the sunny day turns into a dark night, what a better way to close the day than cuddling up at a beach bonfire! Bonfires are a guaranteed good time and a great way to keep cozy and lengthen your day at the beach. If you ever had questions on how to make a bonfire on the beach or how to start a bonfire at the beach, We have a little guide on how to build the best beach bonfire! We will explain everything from what to wear to a beach bonfire to what to bring to a beach bonfire! It’s not that building a bonfire is an incredibly difficult task, but there definitely is an art to building a beach bonfire that will last and do what it needs to, so you can enjoy the blaze all evening long. Do your research The first thing we need to assess is where to have a beach bonfire. Should it be at the state park beach bonfire or at a beach resort which allows for beach bonfire hours or places like San diego which would allow you to keep a beach bonfire pit.Not all beaches allow bonfires and some need special permits while others don’t. After confirming that you can, in fact, have a bonfire at this coastline, investigate any regulations that follow. There are certain beach bonfire rules to follow. Many regulations state that fires should be no bigger than three feet high or wide. Also, some state beaches might have signs saying it is illegal to have a bonfire on the beach. Choose your location Once confirmed that you’re not breaking any rules, choose your location on the beach for the fire. You’re going to want to pick a spot that is isolated and not too close to anyone who isn’t part of your crew. Choose somewhere that is a significant distance away from the shore and dunes nearby, you don’t want to even risk the idea of a wave crashing over your fire and taking it out! We suggest you choose a spot that’s at least 50 yards from dunes, brush, cars and trees. Nothing potentially flammable should be near your pit, for obvious reasons. This includes plant matter. The winds of the coast could blow embers around, which you wouldn’t want hitting anyone! What you’ll need: While you may be busy thinking of beach bonfire ideas or beach bonfire party suggestions or beach bonfire food to take or even beach bonfire outfit to wear; This may seem obvious, but the first thing you’re going to need to gather is some wood for your fire. Logs of driftwood are ideal (but only if they’re dry!) and can be a great way to clean up the beach. Never use wood that isn’t for campfires as scrap wood can have nails and screws in it which is dangerous if left on the beach. Firewood is available at your local grocery store or gas station most of the time. As an additional measure to protect your fire, you can always gather rocks to circle around the pit as well. For kindling, there are many options of things you can use! You can use dry grass, newspaper, cardboard or of course a fire starter, which will surely do the trick. Dig a pit You’re going to want to dig a pit for your bonfire that is approximately two feet deep and and three feet wide. Create some raised ridges as a wall surrounding it to avoid the strong winds of the ocean blowing out your bonfire! A shovel should be the only tool you need to dig your pit. The great thing about a sandpit is that it’s easy to douse with water when you’re finished. Form a log structure Split the logs into smaller pieces and form a structure with the driftwood pieces to make a sort of tepee. When stacking logs in a tepee structure be sure that they are locked together at the top to equally distribute weight and combustibility. Leave an opening to add more wood and so you can easily light it. There are all kinds of ways you can stack the logs whether its pyramid structure, log cabin or tepee. Remember: You still want the logs to be large, just not too large that it will it be too difficult to get it started- You will be consistently adding logs anyway. Leave room for air to circulate You’re going to want to put the kindling you’ve gathered into the center. The kindling will light up immediately after you ignite the flame, the goal is to get the logs of the structure to catch the flame. Catch the flame You’ve probably seen people blowing on the flames, only to see it grow dramatically afterwards. The trick is that it’s not enough to just blow, you need to blow from the bottom of the fire with a slow, steady breath. Slow and steady is key- If you blow too hard you’ll end up being counterproductive. Make sure to regulate your breath here and keep the slow stream going as long as possible. Once it’s caught on, keep an eye on it as to not let it die down. Have someone be in charge of moving the logs around with a stick to allow oxygen to pass through. Moving the logs around also gives other logs a chance to catch the flame. Continue to add in the kindling to keep the fire alive and more wood as needed, to prevent it from totally collapsing. Tightly rolled newspaper keeps the fire aflame as long it has something to catch on to. Have the ultimate beach bonfire party The key to a good bonfire is great company! There’s something so special about a toasty bonfire to close the day’s events at the beach and the fun doesn’t have to stop there! Why not try some cool bonfire activities like a drumming circle or jam, where everyone grabs an instrument and tunes in? There’s always some ghost stories to be told under the moonlight, or you can just gaze at the countless stars above you and listen to the calmness of the waves and crackling of the fire. Roasted marshmallows, smores or hot dogs on a stick will keep bellies full! At the end of your bonfire, extinguish it all by grabbing buckets and fetching water for the ocean to splash it out. Make sure the fire is completely out as sometimes the embers can reignite again. Clean up after yourselves! No one likes litter at the beach. Bury the coals (make sure they’re not still embers) in the sand and clean up any garbage leftover from your day at the Oceanside.