The first time I went to Jalama Beach was with Nick, Aimee and Kismat back in 2008 or 2009. We were training for our cross-Canada bike tour and wanted to explore some new territory while testing out legs and gear. We parked our cars in Buellton, and after making an obligatory stop at the famous Pea Soup Andersen’s Restaurant, we headed out on our loaded bikes.
The ride challenged us with lots of steep grades, but we were rewarded on the downhills by the beautiful scenery and the sense that we were far far away from any metropolis. The best part was the downhill into the campground overlooking the beach and the ocean. Home sweet home!
Jalama Beach Campground
Activity GuideCar Camping, Bike Touring, Day Trip, Picnic
Jalama Beach Campground is a hidden gem about an hour away from Santa Barbara (3hrs from Los Angeles). Jalama road leads you through classic central California scenery of rolling hills dotted by Oak trees before unveiling a spectacular view of the Pacific Ocean. Lompoc is the nearest town, about 45 minutes away (by car). There are 117 campsites, most with a view of the beach.
- Day Use Area
- RV Hook Ups
- Flush Toilets & Showers
- Potable Water
- Picnic Tables
- Fire Rings
- Basketball Net
- It is highly suggested to make reservations for a campsite (and apparently day use areas too). Campsites 53 to 64 are directly on the beach.
- There are several wineries along Santa Rosa Road making Jalama Beach a great home base for wine tasting.
- If your legs are up for it, bring your bike and cycle along Jalama Road or start in Solvang for some great routes.