San Diego is famous for its beaches, but few students take advantage of the many facilities the beaches offer! Did you know that you can have a barbecue on many of San Diego’s beaches? Some even have barbecue pits for you to use. Check out our SD beach barbecue guide before organizing a trip with your CISL friends. Cheers!
SD Beach Barbecue Guide
Choose a beach
Which beach will you choose to BBQ? Coronado? La Jolla? Read our Guide to San Diego’s Beaches for an idea of the facilities each beach has (and to learn the personality of each beach). Make sure that you research the beach’s facilities and hours before planning your trip: the San Diego City website lists all of the offerings for each beach, including if it’s accessible by public transport, if there are public restrooms, and if barbecues and fires are allowed.
Grab some friends
Who is coming with you? Make sure you plan in advance so that you know how much food you will need! When planning how to arrive, consider all of your public transportation options: read our Public Transportation in San Diego article for useful information.
Buy the supplies
What will you need to buy for the perfect barbecue? For a BBQ, you are going to need the following:
- A lighter (to set fire to the coals)
- Utensils for grilling (thongs and spatula)
- Plates, napkins, cups, forks, knives, etc.
- Food! Sausages? Burgers?
- Condiments (ketchup, mustard, etc.)
- A cooler to keep the drinks cold
Be sure to research if the beach has picnic benches; if not, grab a blanket to sit on while you eat!
Plan the rest of the day
What will you do afterwards? Maybe play some beach volleyball? Perhaps you’ll go swimming? Check out our article for some Beach Activity ideas (and vocabulary). Make sure you come prepared . . . and don’t forget the sunscreen!
BBQ Idioms in English
When we think of barbecues, we think of burgers, fire (and smoke), and good times! These idioms are related to the foods and items you might have at a beach BBQ.
After meat, mustard
Definition: a phrase emphasizing that something has come too late to be useful (like mustard after meat has already been eaten).
To be in a pickle
Definition: experiencing a difficult situation.
Can’t cut the mustard
Definition: not satisfactory or right for the situation
To go up in flames
To grill someone (about something)
Definition: to question or interrogate someone intensely and relentlessly (about something).
Definition: what a surprise!
To rake someone over the coals
Definition: to scold someone.
Where there’s smoke, there’s fire
Definition: a saying meaning “there’s always some reason for a rumor.”