About Jalama Beach
Jalama Beach is located in California
13 Reviews of Jalama Beach
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.
This campground I have dreams about! The drive in is very far, I think 14 miles from the main road and there are no reservations so it is definitely a gamble. SO WORTH IT!
spots are great, the beach has good waves and you can definitely feel the calm beach vibe and seclusion from being so far from the main road.