Looking for a rustic getaway that’s off the beaten path? Jalama Beach is a perfect place to stay for the day or a weekend (or an entire week) to forget about the rest of the world. This camping and glamping destination is worth planning a trip to.
You can get peace and quiet at Jalama Beach County Park, about an hour north of Santa Barbara near the city of Lompoc. It’s in a completely isolated location and only accessible by way of a 14.5-mile winding paved road that branches off a remote section of Highway 1 (Cabrillo Hwy). The park address is 9999 Jalama Rd, Lompoc, CA 93436.
The drive down Jalama Road is an experience of its own. It’s a twisting, scenic route, dead-ending at the park’s entrance on the coast. Aside from walking on the sand, there are many ways to enjoy this coastal retreat including fishing, swimming, whale-watching and seaside picnics.
There’s a small store and snack shack where you can grab some amazing fare for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Jalama Beach Grill serves a World Famous Jalama Burger, along with an extensive menu including items like homemade clam chowder, seafood, Jalama Chili, and various grilled items.
Jalama Campground has 107 sites for tents and RVs, as well as cabins for a more rustic glamping stay. All of these camping and “glamourous camping” options overlook the beach and the Pacific Ocean, while each are equipped with a picnic table and fire ring. Hot showers and restrooms are also within a short walking distance.
It can get windy here, especially in the evening. You’ll want to bring an extra jacket if you plan on coming by at sunset. The campsites can fill up fast during the summer months, so making reservations ahead of time is essential for a guaranteed spot. You can get reservations by phone at (805) 568-2460 or online here.
While you’re in the area, check out the charming Danish village of Solvang.