Memorial Day Weekend Update | Due to COVID-19 related concerns, Santa Cruz beaches will continue to be closed from 11am - 5pm and Shelter-in-Place orders will be enforced. For more details on our beach closures please visit: Santa Cruz Beach Closures 

Beach Fires & BBQ's

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Fires are not allowed on any City Beaches, which includes Cowells Beach, Main Beach & some beaches along Westcliff Drive. 

Fires are allowed in fire rings only at the following State Beaches:

  • New Brighton                464-6330
  • Twin Lakes                    427-4868
  • Seabright                       427-4868

Gas BBQ's are allowed on City Beaches:

  • Gas grills are allowed on City beaches - BUT if the lifeguards or rangers deems the grill to be unsafe or too large; the BBQ will need to be removed. 
  • Charcoal barbecues will no longer be allowed on our City beaches. This is in large part due to safety and environmental concerns related to people burying coals in the sand after a barbecue on the beach.