Located at the end of a 14-mile-long, curving road that takes 25 minutes to drive, Jalama Beach sits between beautiful coastal cliffs.
Online reviewers say Jalama Beach is a great place for a family getaway and a good break from everyday stress.
If it all sounds good but you're not the tent camping type and don't own an RV, don't fret. You can rent one of their cabins or yurts - or contact Camptime Rentals and they will deliver and set up an RV for you.
What Facilities Are There at Jalama State Beach?
Total of 98 sites including RV and tent camp sites. Some sites offer partial hookups (electrical and water) and some have full hookups that include sewer. Jalama Beach does not have any 50 amp hookups. Generator hours are 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Besides tent and RV campsite, Jalama Beach also has a few yurt-style tents and cabins for rent. The cabins are new and fully furnished including dishware and appliances. All you have to bring are linens and food.
Campsites are on terraced levels, with the topmost offering the best views. Sites 53-64 are right on the beach and have nice shrubbery between them, providing a lot of privacy.
The campground has restrooms with flush toilets and hot showers. They provide an RV dump site, too.
Jalama Beach Store sells some necessities and is open every day, although hours vary. It's a long way to the nearest town or gas station, so it's best to double-check your supplies before you go. The Grill's hamburgers get a lot of praise from online reviewers.
At Jalama Beach, you can go fishing for perch, cabezon, kelp, bass, or halibut. Wildlife is abundant and you may see lots of birds, whales and dolphins.
You can go swimming at Jalama Beach, but it's subject to high winds and rough surf and it isn't advised. Lifeguards are on duty during the summer.
What You Need to Know Before You Go to Jalama Beach
Dogs are allowed but must be on a leash, 6 feet long or less. Owners must provide proof of rabies vaccination. They charge a per-day fee that helps pay for park upkeep.
Reserve online for tent sites, hookups, cabins and group areas. Jalama is a county park and isn't subject to the odd requirements that California state parks impose. Their reservation system lets you choose dates up to 6 month in advance. When you're ready to reserve, don't let it confuse you. You need to choose Jalama Beach before you start your search or you could accidentally end up with a camping spot somewhere else.
They also have 16 walk-in sites that can't be reserved online. They are assigned from a wait list and you have to be present to get on it. The rules and procedures are here.
The beach can be windy and there are few trees. It can get a lot cooler after sundown, too. You may not get cell phone service at Jalama Beach, but they do have an old-fashioned (but reliable) pay phone. Bring coins in case you need to use it.
Raccoons and seagulls may try to share your food and the raccoons know how to break into an ice chest. It's best to keep it all safely locked inside your vehicle when it's not in use.
How to Get to Jalama Beach
Jalama Beach Park
9999 Jalama Road
It will take you about an hour to get to Jalama Beach from Santa Barbara. Look for their sign about 4.5 miles south of Lompoc on CA Hwy 1. Turn onto Jalama Road and drive about 15 miles to the coast.