Build a beach fire pit by digging a hole in the sand, then adding wood and kindling and lighting. A metal grill for cooking can be added to the fire pit if desired. At most beaches, you will be required to extinguish the fire when you are done; the hole should be filled in as well. Some locations only allow fire pit use in the off season or in restricted areas.
A beach fire pit should be located away from high traffic areas and wet sand. Digging through wet sand is much more difficult than digging through sand that is dry or slightly damp. Beach bonfires shouldn't be placed too close to the tide line or too close to the dunes or vegetation. If you are unsure about the laws in the area, research ahead of time to see if you need a permit or if there are any regulations involving open beach fires.
Unless the beach already has pre-built fire pits, you'll need to dig your own. A collapsible shovel folds down to a compact size so it is easy to haul out to the beach. Once the fire pit area has been selected, use the shovel to dig a hole in the sand. The hole used for a beach fire pit should be about 2 feet wide and a foot deep, but the size can be varied. The bigger the pit, the longer it will take to dig. Fill a bucket with water from the ocean and keep it handy, just in case.
Once the space has been chosen and the hole has been dug, lay the wood inside, with kindling underneath, and then light. Kindling for a fire pit can be small, dry twigs, rolled newspaper, or even an easy-light fire log. Most beach locations are windy, so consider using a hand-held propane lighter instead of a match or cigarette lighter to light the fire.
Food can be cooked over a beach fire pit if desired. Use long, clean sticks to hold food over the fire, or place a grill on top of the fire pit. If you use a metal grill, you will have to wait until the fire dies down to cook food. If a piece of food catches on fire, drop it into the flames or extinguish it in the bucket of water.
Extinguish the fire with water when you are done. Once the flames are completely gone, use the shovel to fill the fire pit back in. Pack up all of your trash and unused supplies and take them with you when you leave the beach.