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Solitude is hard to find at the beaches in Southern California. Especially now that summer is around the corner, the beaches are going to become more and more packed and it will be less likely to find a secluded spot all to yourself. Luckily, you can get peace and quiet at some remote locations on the coast, like Jalama Beach, about an hour north of Santa Barbara near Lompoc. It’s in a completely isolated location, accessible by way of a 14.5-mile winding road that branches off the Pacific Coast Highway.Jalama Beach BryceFeb2016 (14)

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’s lots to enjoy here in solitude: fishing, swimming, whale-watching and seaside picnics.

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There’s a small snack shack where you can grab some amazing fare. Jalama Beach Grill serves a World Famous Jalama Burger, along with an extensive menu including items like homemade clam chowder, chile verde, and melt-in-your-mouth Aunt Ruth’s Raw Apple Cake.

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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 Pacific, while each are equipped with a picnic table and fire ring. Hot showers & restrooms are also within a short walking distance.

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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