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Jalama Beach County Park

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Land near Jalama Creek was once a Chumash Indian settlement named "Halama". In 1943, 23.5 acres of privately owned land was donated to the County of Santa Barbara from the Atlantic Richfield Oil Company, and thus, our park was formed. Jalama Beach is a respite from typically bustling seaside parks, yet offers many conveniences. Groceries, personal care sundries, firewood, fishing bait and tackle, ice, beer, and wine may be purchased at the Jalama Store. Other services include mailing, facsimile, and video rentals. The store and its popular Grill are open daily from 10 am.

Jalama Beach is approximately an hour drive from Santa Barbara and a 45-minute drive from Lompoc. A sign 4.5 miles south of Lompoc off Highway 1 will direct you onto Jalama Road. Follow this scenic 14.5-mile road to the coast. The park entrance will be at the end of the road. Jalama is subject to high winds and rough surf. Lifeguards are on duty during the summer months, however, visitors swim at their own risk.

Day-use picnic areas provide tables and raised fireboxes. Additional activities include surfing, whale-watching, birdwatching, nature photography, and fishing the surf or rock outcroppings for perch, cabezon, kelp, bass, or halibut. Many protected California native plants like sand verbena, saltbush, and sea rocket, grow within park boundaries.

While you're here, visit the Jalama Beach Store and Grill and have a "World Famous Jalama Burger." They also have an extended menu that includes homemade clam chowder, chile verde, and "Aunt Ruth's Raw Apple Cake."

Jalama Beach offers twelve walk-in sites (seven basic and five partial hook-up) that are first-come, first-served. These sites may not be reserved online, through the Call Center, or through the Jalama Gate.

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Reservations can be made online for tent sites, hookups, cabins, and group areas. Reserve a 1 or 2-bedroom cabin with full bathrooms and kitchenettes with spectacular views of the ocean and beach. We also offer group areas for your next group get-together. All sites may be reserved up to 6 months in advance of the check-in date. A non-refundable reservation fee will be charged for each site/option reserved. There is a 2-night minimum stay for weekend reservations (Friday and Saturday), and a 3-night minimum stay for holiday weekends.

Campers may register and check in to an available walk-in site as soon as the gate opens at 6 am. There will be no waitlists or camp calls. Campers must register and pay for their entire stay upon check-in and will not be able to renew day-to-day. The person whose name appears on the campsite must be the same person registering, checking in, and occupying the site. Once a walk-in site is sold, it must be occupied by a tent, trailer, and/or vehicle no later than 3 pm on the date of purchase. Generally, walk-in site availability is greater earlier in the week, and any customer with a reservation will not be allowed to transfer to a walk-in site.

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Site Types

  • Tent Sites
  • RV Sites
  • Standard (Tent/RV)
  • Group
  • Cabins
  • Tent Cabin


For Campers

  • Market
  • Trash
  • Picnic Table
  • Firewood Available
  • Phone Service
  • Reservable
  • WiFi
  • Showers
  • Drinking Water
  • Electric Hookups
  • Toilets
  • Alcohol
  • Pets
  • Fires

For Vehicles

  • Sanitary Dump
  • Pull-Through Sites
  • Big Rig Friendly

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36 Reviews

Lee D.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Nov. 15, 2023

Ruggedly beautiful beach

General: Variety of sites from basic camping to those with electric hookups. Some are considered premium beachfront sites and cabins. Prices are also adjusted seasonally. 

Site Quality: Some sites are concrete; some are on sand. Our site was close to the beach, however, the view of the ocean was blocked by dunes (and also by a restroom). Our site also easily accommodated two camper vans. Each site had a large picnic table and fire ring, although the picnic table was a bit warped. 

Bath/Shower: The closest restroom to our site was very basic – one toilet each for men and women with a shared sink on the outside. Showers are in a separate building and are $ 1.00 for three minutes. 

Activities: The beach here is ruggedly beautiful and you can walk quite a distance if you go to the left; to the right, there is a lot of driftwood but is still somewhat walkable. There is also a store/small restaurant on-site.

We were supposed to spend two nights here but after a very stormy night, we had to evacuate as the only road in/out was unstable, but we would definitely return. If we were unable to reserve a premium beach site, we would choose a site at the top level. Although these are furthest from the beach, they provide the best view of the ocean.

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BThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Sep. 20, 2023

Nice smaller campground!

Smaller campground with nice store and burger joint. Great sunsets and wide sandy beach.

Month of VisitSeptember
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SThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Aug. 27, 2023

Not my favorite

Between sunset and nighttime sandstorms (which was MISERABLE in a tent) combined with a beach full of jellyfish and tarantulas… yes, for sure my least favorite camping experience.


Jalama Beach County Park is located in California

Detail location of campground


9999 Jalama Road
Lompoc, CA 93436


34.50984334 N
120.50085255 W

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