FIRE PITS ARE SERIOUS BUSINESS
Availability of the fire pits at Aliso Beach is hands down the number one question this website receives. On July 9th, I was checking the surf and I noticed two things: 1) The sea gulls had thrown the contents of overflowing trashcans all over the beach looking for food scraps and 2) All of the fire pits were attended to by people reserving them for a family day at the beach. Fire pits are serious business at Aliso Beach and they are first come first serve. I asked a gentleman who was reserving the fire pit for a family event at the beach what time he had come down to lay claim to the one of 6 fire pits on the sand in Laguna Beach. What he told me fits with what I have always believed to be true.
There is more demand for the fire pits than there are available fire pits, and if you don’t get their early during the summer, the chances of securing a fire pit evaporate quickly. Technically, he had arrived to save the space and fire pits slightly before the parks opening time of 6:00 am. County of Orange maintenance workers were their early to haul away the damage beach goers had inflicted on the beach the day prior with trash cans bursting at the seams with wrappers, baggies, cups and bottles spilling over the top and onto the ground. It wasn’t pretty, but it speaks directly to how popular Aliso Beach is and how much competition there is for the limited space available on a summer day.
I have told anyone that inquires online about the fire pits at Aliso Beach that get there early or forget it. While this is truly an inconvenient truth, securing a fire pit at Aliso Beach may require showing up before first light, parking on the hill and walking down before the gates open. It is what it is. This may be the only way I can say that you have a 95% chance of getting a fire pit during prime beach season. The man I spoke to also said that he would typically pay kids in the family and friend network to come down and reserve the pits while he keeps a tight grip on extra hours of sleep. He said that with a grin and as you may be fully aware now, you know fire pits are serious business at Aliso Beach. It’s the old supply and demand lecture from economics class. If you indeed want that fire pit for the day, consider there are less fire pits than families who wish to reserve them any summer day or holiday weekend. Your success in securing a fire pit is dependent on your strategy. At AlisoBeach.com, we wish you luck!