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31 Aug 2020
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Florida truly has it all. From pristine beaches to championships golf courses, everyone leaves a Florida vacation with a smile, especially when it comes to a 30A/Destin getaway. While Florida is known for its warm waters and hot summer sun, some of the best memories can be made at night. What better way to end a perfect day than with a bonfire on the beach? Here’s a quick guide to getting it right when planning the perfect evening with family and friends.

Beach Bonfire Rules

Before you can plan your bonfire gathering, you must obtain a permit. Head down to the South Walton Fire District to apply and pay for your permit. The process is quick and easy!

A few things to note:

  • The permits are for public beaches. If you’re looking to host a bonfire on a private beach, you must have written permission from the owner.

  • The permits are first come first serve, as there is cap on the number of bonfires per night, per beach.

  • There is a $50 fee to obtain the permit.

  • You must be 18 years or older to request a permit.

  • The person who receives the permit must be present at the time of the fire and carry the permit at all times.

  • Local permits allow for a gathering of 29 people or less. If you’re looking to host more people, you must apply for a “special event permit.”

  • There are no rainchecks or refunds, so be sure to check the weather before obtaining a permit.

  • Check the fire district’s website for materials that are not allowed to be used during a beach bonfire and other restrictions.

  • It is your responsibility to acquire and understand the beach bonfire rules and regulations. Violating any of these rules can result in fines and or jail time.

Beach Bonfire Check List

When you’re planning the perfect bonfire night, you want to make sure you have all the essentials. Here’s a quick check list to ensure you have the basics and so much more!

  • Permit

  • Fire pit (metal barrel or tub)

  • Wood and starter (matches/lighter, kindling, etc.)

  • Long sticks for toasting marshmallows and hot dogs

  • Chairs

  • Tiki Torches

  • Cooler and ice

  • Drinks, snacks, and utensils (Don’t forget the s’mores fixings!)

  • Trash bag

  • Music/speaker(s)

  • Blankets

  • Beach games (Cornhole, Bocce Ball, Polish Horseshoes, etc.)

Kicking it Up a Notch

Whether you’re taking a road trip to Florida, flying in, or just driving down the street to enjoy the beach, a bonfire is a great way to end any day in the Sunshine State. However, getting all the necessary equipment can be a hassle, but you’re in luck! There are services in Destin that will take care of everything for you, including the permit! No set up and no break down means more time to enjoy the Gulf Coast.

Check out some of these local options that will take care of all your bonfire needs:

La Dolce Vita : Select their gold or silver package and start making memories! LDV will take care of everything, from the equipment, to the wood, to the permit. Let’s not forget the s’mores stuff! You won’t even have to stop at the store. They can host up to 20 people and will take the fuss out of any bonfire experience.

Rent Gear Here : This isn’t your grandma’s rental service. Rent Gear Here offers several beach bonfire packages that range from basic gear to tables, chairs, and drink services. You can rent beach games, have them take care of s’mores fixings, and so much more. If you’re looking to make this an unforgettable experience, RGH is the option for you.

Reef Beach Services and Rental : If you’re looking for a big group party, Reef Beach has you covered. Serving up to 20 guests, Reef Beach will not only give you the essentials, such as the fire pit, wood, and permit, but you’ll have access to roasting sticks, tiki torches, speakers, coolers, and beverage packages. 

Live Well 30A : Live Well offers a basic package that includes all your fire gear, chairs, and table. However, they offer food options, including catered services, beach games for the kids, and other items such as coolers, extra chairs, and more. Make your experience as casual or as formal as you please!


Now that you have all the information on how to have a beach bonfire on 30A/Destin, it’s important to remember safety first. If you’re creating your own fire, keep an eye on it at all times to ensure it doesn’t get out of control. You’ll also want to make sure you’re respectful of the people who live on the beach and others having a good time in the area. When you’re ready to head back home or to your vacation rental, be sure to extinguish the fire completely and take all of your belongings with you off the beach. 

You next trip to 30A and Destin, Florida will surely be one to remember. Get your group to the beach and make some forever memories together under a setting sun.