Situated just 30 minutes outside of Lompoc California, Jalama Beach is a hugely popular destination spot for locals and travelers every year. People flock to these sandy shores every day to take part in surfing, kite-surfing, photography, hiking, fishing, camping, and more. The terrain is unique thanks to a wide variety of local California wildlife and vegetation. Subsequently, plant enthusiasts often enjoy the thriving presence of Sand Verbena, Salt Brush, and Sea Rocket.
One of the most famous attractions here however is the nearby Beach Caves. Only accessible during low-tide about a mile up the beach, these caves are the site of many famous instagram photos and movie scenes. They’re also a welcome escape from the hot-sun that beats down during the warmer months of late summer. But don’t get too comfy because you'll have to remember to beat the tide!
Nearby, the Jalama Beach Grill touts its famous Jalama Burger. The nearby beauty of the beach even makes the food taste better. Visit on any 7 days of the week for a yummy dinner sure to make your mouth water.
While the nearby attractions are nice, beachfront camping is what attracts visitors to this park. Jalama Beach County Park is home to 107 campsites, each overlooking the ocean with a private fire pit, and picnic table. Among these sites, 31 offer electrical hook-ups. The campground itself also has full-service bathrooms, and dump stations available. Reservations can be made 24/7 online, but be sure to reserve in advance for the best campsite selection. Summer is their busiest time, which means you may want to start planning as soon as January when securing your spot.
I have been camping here since 1975!
Jalama is a gem and for us old timers, watching it get popular was hard to take!
This campground has beach front, a middle section and upper tears with some electric. It has two group sites and also cabins & trailers to rent. The store serves famous Jalama burgers and has supplies if needed! It also sells Jalama shirts, some have art on them from my friend Alan!
The beach is very big and beautiful. Sunsets are beautiful! Be prepared for winds as this campground can blow at times and it’s no joke when the Jalama winds kick up!
There are pay hot showers and a dump station for RV’s.
It has a horse shoe pit, playground and plenty of areas along the river and on the beach to explore!
There is no cell service but there is wi-fi and a pay phone. Bring a prepaid phone card if you need the phone.
I love Jalama!
Would highly recommend camping here! Remote beach camping in Santa Barbara County!
Once you turn off highway one you get a sense of what lies before you. CivilIzatIon gradually gives way to toasted meadow grass and ancient oak trees. As traffic and buildings melt in the rear view mirror along with cellular sIgnal bars on your phone, the transition to vacation begins. This campground is in high demand and usually packed, however there’s plenty of room on the beautiful beach for dogs and humans alike. the bathrooms and showers are clean and well maintained. the store is well stocked. The road to town is long and windy so come prepared. Plan for wind and the best sunsets!
The campsites have no privacy, and more like a dirt parking lot. But we go so my husband can surf, the beach is beautiful and you can just let your dogs go.
One of my all time favorite campgrounds. Despite the often overcast skies and evening winds, the weather is almost always enjoyable. The drive out to Jalama is amazing, not to mention the gorgeous beach it eventually leads you to. They are dog friendly and the burger shack offers the famous “ jalama burger” that will definitely knock your socks off. Seriously, if you come all the way out to Jalama and don’t try a Jalama Burger, then you are messing up on life.
Well worth the drive. Beautiful beach. Well maintained campsites. Clean bathrooms and showers. Friendly park rangers. Delicious burgers. Gets windy at night. Bring extra tent stakes. The general store/burger shack sells just about anything you could need for a great camping trip. Store is open for breakfast and lunch.
This campground is right next to the beach and is well loved by the many return campers I spoke with. The best campsites are 63 and 64 (right on Abalone Point, with some scrubby trees you can hang a hammock in and access to the beach). There is a premium charge for these premium sites ($20 more than non-beach side). If you are hard-siding (RV), the best spots are 105, 112, and 115-117 (up top, great views of the migrating whales in early spring!!!). The showers and restrooms are older, but clean. The big claim to fame is the Jalama Burger that is served at the Store and Grill, but I can’t substantiate that as I did not try it. There is definitely a laid back California vibe here, no one was in any hurry but everyone was happy to chat, giving this campground a real homey, family, vacation feel. Even the campground rangers were relaxed and happy to be here. All the standard campsite amenities of picnic table, fire pit, and a place to park or pitch a tent. You can reserve a site, so be sure to do so!
Lovely group of drive-up campsites. Accommodates both tent campers and RV campers. Small market on-site with most camping needs. Small Restaurant on site as well. Beach is vIsIbke from many campsites and a short walk to the beach. Amtrak runs near the campsite, but was not a disturbance at night. Winds were high off the ocean during my stay.
My favorite beach camping site. They used to be first come first served but they’ve been comverted to the rwaer atIon system most everybody uses these days. They now only have 16 sItes you can get without a reservation and on the beach is not one of them. If you can make plans six months ahead of time and get a beach front site then do it. these sites are secluded and you can’t beat sleeping on the sand. There is a park for the little ones and a store and restaurant. You MUST try the Jalama Burger. Peiple visit from all over just for the burger.
More than likely the beachfront sites will be booked, but be sure to call the ranher station just before for last-minute availability. Gorgeous spots with fire pits and picnic tables on the sand, just before a private beach accessible via the e0 minute, winding dead-end road. Facilities, a playground, tiered campspots and cabins, and a store all sit serenely at this quiet spot.