Jalama Beach County Park one of the best places to camp at the beach in California. 100 ocean view campsites plus 7 comfortable beach front cottages. During the off-season, you can have this wonderful beach all to yourself. Summertime every campsite is booked.
Campers line up early each morning to get one of the first come first serve beachfront campsites. Even if you’re not lucky enough to snag a campsite Jalama Beach is a great place for a day trip.
The coast along Jalama Beach is unspoiled and looks much same as it did hundreds of years ago. There is very little development in this area of Santa Barbara County. Nothing but wide open space and miles of rugged coastline.
Jalama Beach is located about 30 miles north of Santa Barbara just south of Vandenberg Air Force Base. If you happen to be camping when a satellite is being launched from Vandenberg you will be treated to a spectacular view as the rocket heads off into space.
Every campsite at Jalama Beach overlooks the Pacific Ocean and the wide sandy beach. Even when the campground is full the beach is never crowded. Sunset and sunrise at Jalama Beach are amazing and one of the highlights of camping here.
If your not lucky enough to spend the night at Jalama, this hidden beach is still worth visiting even if it is just for the day.
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The Jalama Beach store and restaurant are home to the world famous Jalama burger. The store has all the usual things you forget to bring plus souvenirs and garments to remind you of your trip to Jalama.
Store hours are 9 am to 5 pm so if your planning on a Jalama burger for dinner you need to order early.
If your camping or just out for the day you will find no better place to enjoy the California coast. The views are breathtaking and there are no buildings or high rise hotels just miles of pristine coastline. Jalama Beach is one of a unique place to camp on the beach in California, however, camp sites are first come first serve, no reservations.
Directions to Jalama Beach, California. From Santa Barbara, take the 101 north until you reach the Hwy 1 Lompoc Vandenberg exit. When you get to the Jalama Road exit, and then it’s about a 15-mile drive along a winding two lane road until you reach the Ocean and Jalama Beach Park.
If you don’t want to drive all the way to Jalama Beach for a Jalama Burger you can get one in Lompoc at the Jalama Beach Cafe. 400 E. Ocean Ave, Pacific Coast Hwy. The burger may be the same but it just doesn’t taste the same unless it’s cooked at the Jalama Beach store.
Camping rates are very reasonable considering the cost of a beachfront hotel room. Basic rate $25.00 per night, $40.00 with electric hook up, April 1 through September 30. Same campsites October 1 through March 3, $20.00 per night, $35.00 with electric hook up.
Beachfront campsites number 53 through 64 (steps from the sand) are $45.00 per night year round.
Reservations can be made, except for the 16 walk-in sites, from six months (starting midnight PT) to one day in advance (by 11:59:59 PM PT) of your arrival date for all camping sites.
Jalama Beach County Park Star Route, Jalama Road Lompoc, CA 93436 Lompoc, CA 93436.
No luck getting a campsite at Jalama then try Lake Chachuma another Santa Barbara County Park. Campsites are situated around the lake and can almost fish from the back of the RV or out of your tent. During fall and spring season the lake is stocked with trout.
Jalama Beach has seven ocean view cottages. Cabins vary in size, sleeping 4 to 6 depending on size and come furnished with a queen, bunk or fold-out futon beds.
Kitchens are equipped with a hot plate, convection oven, refrigerator and freezer, cookware, dinnerware and flatware. Guest must provide their own blankets, towels and bed sheets.
Peak Season cabin rates (April 1 through September 30) $170 on weekdays and $220 on weekends and holidays,
Off season rates $25 to $40 a day between Oct. 1 and March 31; $30 to $45 during peak season.
Each cottage has its own unique name Tern, Pelican, Plove, Albatross, Sandpiper, Seagull and Cormorant. Each Jalama Beach cottage has its own charcoal BBQ and fire ring.
Call (805) 568-2460 to make reservations, Weekdays from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Online reservations