Life's a Hidden Beach!
Camp at Jalama Beach
You want your California beach camping to be off the beaten path? Just add Jalama! Tucked away in Lompoc, about 60 miles west of Santa Barbara, Jalama Beach County Park has a hidden beach with 119 campsites, 7 cabins, and an old- fashioned storefront, slinging burgers and breakfast burritos, and offering anything you forgot from home (firewood, beer, deodorant…). Because it's tucked between Vandenberg Air Force Base and other private properties, this is one secluded slice of paradise. Try to nab one of the beachside sites on the horseshoe around Abalone Point (see PDF map) where you can set up camp right on the sandy shore. Even if you don’t end up with a front-row view, there's really not a bad site: they're all located mere steps from the sand. Rather go for the wood cabins? They're located a short walk up the hill and are equipped with a full kitchen, electricity, and even satellite TV (ahhh, nature! Tip: the best show you can watch is the stellar ocean views from your cabin porch). The waves at Jalama Beach make this campground a surfer's dream, but for those who prefer to hang out rather than hang ten, it's also a great spot for kicking back, breathing in the fresh salty sea air, and admiring the gorgeous ocean sunsets.
Heading north on HWY. 1, make a left on Jalama Rd. and drive for 13 miles until you dead-end at Jalama County Beach. Sites and all cabins can be reserved; 16 sites are first-come, first-served. Dog-friendly!
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