Monday, August 08, 2011

Do Something Different - A Beach Fire

Did you know you can have an evening bonfire on the National Seashore beaches?  I've taken my family to the Seashore for bonfires at Coast Guard and Marconi Beaches this summer for sunset bonfires. They are a lot of fun and you have the beaches practically to yourselves. 

You need to get a free permit at the Seashore visitors center and bring everything (wood, matches, kindling, chairs). Food, and drink (no glass!) are permitted.  You'll also need a bucket to douse the fire and a flashlight to find your way off the beach (it gets really dark). Don't forget the marshmallows for smores!

Only 4 permits are issued for each beach (Nauset Light, Marconi, and Coast Guard). You need to sign up for the permit 4 days ahead (Monday for a Thursday fire, etc) at 9 AM. Sometimes there's a line of folks waiting at the Visitor's Center door so be early. Also, the Rangers check permits on the beach each evening.

Lastly, Eastham allows charcoal fires on the Bay beaches. The fires must be in a container (e.g. a Hibachi) and you need to get a free permit at the Eastham Fire Station, next door to Town Hall.

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