NOTE: Unfortunately, as of June 2016, you can no longer have open fires on South Ponto Beach. Bummer!! One of the few places in San Diego County where beach fires are permitted is South Ponto Beach in Carlsbad. You must use a portable fire pit, like the one pictured here. When your fire is out, just dump the ashes in the designated area. Nothing better than watching the sun go down while enjoying a hot dog and s’mores on the beach!