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Bonfire on the Beach in Harwich MA

by Trish McCarthy
(West Chester, PA)

Question: Is there anywhere in Harwich to have a beach bon fire?

Dee's Reply: Hi Trish - Sorry for the short delay in replying to your question. I wanted to confirm some info with the Town of Harwich before I passed it along to you.

Anyway ... the simple answer to your question is that bonfires are not allowed on Harwich beaches.

Harwich does allow cooking fires on the beach - with a special permit. To qualify as a cook fire, it must be small and self-contained (for example, contained in a charcoal grill). Lighting a fire directly on the sand is a big no-no!

And remember: your fire must actually be used for preparing food!

To apply for a permit, contact Harwich Recreation Department, 100 Oak Street, Harwich, MA. (508) 430-7553.

For a real beach bonfire, you'll have to go to a different town. From Harwich, the nearest spot for a build-your-own beach campfire would be in Eastham, at Coast Guard Beach.

Here's more about beach bonfires, permits, etc.

Hope this helps!

Best Regards,


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by: Anonymous

What are the fees for just a bonfire on the beach?

Dee's Reply: Hi! As I mentioned on the page above, bonfires aren't allowed on Harwich beaches.

The only type of fire that's allowed is a small cooking fire.


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