In Volusia County, you can have a bonfire on the beach as long as it's not turtle nesting season. This means that during the months of November through April, you can have a bonfire on one of the beaches stretching from Ormond Beach to Ponce Inlet. Whether you want to have it near Ormond, in Daytona Beach, or in New Smyrna Beach, the rules are all the same.
There are six firerings that are county owned. You can fill out an application to get a permit to use one of those. It's free to use their firerings, so you just need to go through the quick process of reserving one and taking the permit with you to the bonfire. You can also bring your own firepit to the beach (a portable one) and using it anywhere on the beach. You do not have to have a bonfire permit to do this, but you still need to adhere to the rules and do it during non-turtle nesting season time.
You will need to take wood with you, which you can purchase from private sellers or at places like Publix. You will also want to have some chairs, snacks (preferably things to roast marshmallows), and maybe a blanket if it's chilly out.
Having a beach bonfire is a lot of fun, whether you live in the area or are visiting. It's nice to gather under the stars, sit around the bonfire, and hear the waves of the ocean. It's a great way to relax, host a gathering, or celebrate someone's birthday.
You can find the beach bonfire rules, see the firering locations, and download the application here.