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Can we make fires on the beach?

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Can we make fires on the beach?

To BBQ on and to sit round playing the guitar (if I had one or could even play)... is it permitted. I would clean up afterwards of course.

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1. Re: Can we make fires on the beach?

Above high tide mark, which is part of private property is acceptable. Below this boundary is Crown & customary-lands combined.

I am sure that your accommodator will have provided their guests with a BBQ and entertainment area to help manage the island's ecological sustainability.

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2. Re: Can we make fires on the beach?

Yeah there is a BBQ however if we could collect scrap wood and make a small fire and cook up on that would be pretty cool.

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3. Re: Can we make fires on the beach?

if u do, make sure u clean up AND put the fire out! With water!

we live in a beach tourism area and many tourists build fires for their night time activities.

and many just kick sand over the burning embers thinking that will do.

i have seen some pretty horrific feet burns, mostly kids, who have walked over the hidden residue next morning on their way to the water for a swim.

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4. Re: Can we make fires on the beach?

dysonsphere we did exactly that - not to cook food on but we had an amazing bonfire one night. Collected a pile of driftwood, took some chairs down, snacks plus some vino – it was fantastic. Of course our new doggie friends joined us. We were on a quiet beach - renting a house and nobody bothered us. It is a common CI custom to burn rubbish in their yards - so we just took it one step further. Didn’t worry about the high tide thing! We found the locals we met on the beach – like the guy walking his pig just so friendly. As others have said though – just make sure it is out.

Regards

Suzi

Edited: 3:58 am, February 23, 2012
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5. Re: Can we make fires on the beach?

Hi there,

Although a bonfire on the beach at night can be most inviting, it may be wise to consider the environmental impact of the remains of such a fire washing into the lagoon at some juncture. Just my thoughts :)

sunny regards,

shully

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6. Re: Can we make fires on the beach?

It isn't a good idea to build a bonfire on a beach-front without due consideration given to local customs and conditions. The risks associated with burning the habitat for creatures inhabiting the land-lagoon interface stand to impact upon the future integrity of the marine environment.

The locality under consideration is associated with an important marine reserve SuziW.

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7. Re: Can we make fires on the beach?

Now that I have been there I have to say I recommend people do make fires on the beach. The locals seem very cool with burning rubbish etc and there are no real issues. Just makes sure it is extinguished properly afterwards and clear up. We had a fabulous BBQ with some locals when we were there and they were very friendly.

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8. Re: Can we make fires on the beach?

My recommendation is to be eco-tourists, not eco-warriors!! Especially when visiting a small tropical nation that is highly vulnerable to ecological damage.

There is a difference in our culture to burning rubbish on private land, and having people come along believing that it is OK to utilise Crown Land to create a problem for the locals. Respect and awareness support eco-tourism.

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