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Date of Stay: November, 2014 - $37.00
We loved staying at Jalama Beach. We had reservations for a week, but decided to move into a first-come site for an additional week because we liked it so much. First the negatives: our site was up on the top tier and it was challenging to back into, the park gets a fair amount of day users and there is almost nothing out there but the beach, the store and the grill. That being said, it is one of our favorite parks because of the beach, the grill and the activity around the park. It felt like a little village, with friendly people and the local post office/store/restaurant as a hang out place. The beach was gorgeous and you could walk in either direction for miles and very quickly get as much solitude as you wanted. The sunsets were spectacular and our site had a great view. It was fun watching the surfers and kite surfers play. The nearby (30 minutes) town of Lompoc had a great farmer's market and one of the most beautiful missions we have every visited. The weather was delightful, if windy some days. We would most certainly come back here. We camped at Jalama Beach Park in a Fifth Wheel.Undo
Date of Stay: July, 2014 - $40.00
Now one of my favorite parks. Just got back from a week of camping in our 35 ft travel trailer. We stayed up top in space 111. This space has electric hookups, but no water or sewer. There is an on-site dump station and hose bibs every 4-6 campsites - opposite side of the street from the campsites themselves so you are not running a hose through another persons campsite. The view from up top was unreal at times. If I were to stay again, it would be up top and maybe a couple of sites on the mid-level of the park. I would not stay down on the bottom sites. There are some good sites down there, but you are literally parking in the sand on those (not bad if you like a lot of sand in your stuff - not exactly what we want), and the view is not as good. On the bottom level, there are no sites with electric that I saw, but you can use a generator if you have one. I do not know the quite hours. Down on the bottom, there are a ton of tents. Probably 85-95% of the tents are on the bottom near the small playground. There were trailers mixed in with the tents down there. I would not stay here in a tent. The wind kicks up every late evening and there were some really big gusts at night. I don't know how those people put up with it. Up on top, they allowed people to park sideways if they fit into the lines and also gave a lot of leeway with letting people overhang onto the road. There was plenty of room for everyone to pass, so it was not a problem. It helped us to get a lot more space behind our trailer near the campfire ring. I saw a few 40 ft motorhomes pull in up there and they were probably sticking out into the road 6-8 feet. They barely fit whatever site number they were in. Our trailer being 35 feet, we still had 10 feet to the fence behind us and could park my truck on one side of the trailer near my slides and still had my awning fully out on the other side - good room width wise. The beach was great for the most part. There was some tar bubbles, for lack of a better description down on the beach. They are not always easily seen when you are walking on the beach and I had to really scrub to get the black stuff off my feet later in the day. If you watch out for it, you will be OK. One day out of 5 we sat down and had nothing but sand flies attacking us. We did not sit in that area for the rest of the trip and had no real issue after. The Jalama Burgers are really good as everyone else has stated. Almost $7 for them, but they were great on the first and last day camping. The road getting there is 14 miles long after you turn off highway 1 and it is a skinny little road at times, but easily manageable if you know how to drive. The Wi-Fi at the park was pretty decent once you get connected. This was our first trip there and we will be going back as soon as possible. We camped at Jalama Beach Park in a Travel Trailer.Undo
Date of Stay: May, 2014 - $48.00
We are brand new to RVing and this is our first stay in a county park. The place is Very much worth visiting. I was concerned about the road coming in based on other reviewer comments but in our 38 foot coach pulling a toad it was no problem. It is challenging but very passable and the traffic is very light. As you near the park, you will crest a hill and the ocean comes spectacularly into view. It is truly beautiful. Our space 112 is very much adequate for our large RV. Spot 112 is up at the top of the park which has the most commanding views. At this point in our experience, I have a difficult time imagining a better place to park for a couple of days. We camped at Jalama Beach Park in a Motorhome.Undo
Date of Stay: February, 2014 - $45.00
Wonderful beach and, as others have said, down a long winding, narrow road. It was very foggy, which led to some white knuckle driving. Our site was right on the beach and we actually parked on the sand. It was very windy and we had to dig our rug out of the sand each morning. The hamburger shack was extremely slow with orders. It took 45 minutes for a burger, and several people asked for their money back and to cancel their order. Overall we liked the campground and we will come again. We camped at Jalama Beach Park in a Travel Trailer.Undo
Date of Stay: January, 2014 - $43.00
What an awesome place. We stayed in a 43' Coach in ocean-front (no hook-up) site #60...pull in. Bring or buy some firewood for your fire at sunset! The "Jalama Burger" at the store is not to be missed, and the fish and chips good as well. Neat folks that run the store, great source of fun local history. Great local snacks and anything you might need as supplies...best tortilla chips we ever had. We used 4 solar panels to keep the gen set off, and were able to make the tanks last 6 days before motoring over to the easy to get to dump and fill station. Don't let the road spook you, we had the coach and a toad and just took it slow. There's some new "experimental" free Wi-Fi that was clean and fast. Other than that, no cell phone (yea) service. Santa Barbara County has a easy to use on line reservation system. Been coming here for 40 years, can't wait to get back. We camped at Jalama Beach Park in a Motorhome.Undo
Date of Stay: November, 2013 - $35.00
I rate this park an 8 based on its location. We were in space 113 for two nights. These spaces are the highest with absolutely gorgeous ocean views with great sunsets. Only electric available at these sites. It was a back-in site, easy walk to beach, and lively area with a lot of outdoor activities. Onsite general store and restaurant. Did not eat there but did buy a few items at store (high prices). The road to the park, about 14 miles, is narrow, windy, and hilly but worth the drive. Google Earth the road to see what I am talking about! We will return but for a longer period of time. Make sure you are well stocked with food and drink. We camped at Jalama Beach Park in a Fifth Wheel.Undo
Date of Stay: September, 2013 - $42.00
We have stayed at Jalama several times over the last five years. Great ocean view (all sites). We love this place. And NO cell service to distract you from enjoying the campground. They have pay phones! We camped at Jalama Beach Park in a Motorhome.Undo
Date of Stay: September, 2013 - $43.00
14 miles down a very curvy road but it is worth it. The sunsets were incredible. We did not have reservations so only had a few spots to choose from. The top tier provided beautiful views of the ocean. We stayed 2 nights and would go back again. No soap or paper towels in bathrooms. The showers took 2-3 quarters and they were very clean. We camped at Jalama Beach Park in a Motorhome.Undo
Date of Stay: June, 2013 - $45.00
We stayed here about 15 years ago in a tent. Not much has changed since we were here last. For us, the negatives outweighed the positives. We stayed in a beach site that had a great view, but the pad was all soft sand that made getting the rig level and stable a real challenge. The wind was punishing, and according to the ranger, was pretty normal most of the year. Several campers left after one day do to the wind and blowing sand. This is also a black hole as far as cell signal is concerned. The only communication available are 2 pay phones by the check in station. The views are nice, but add in the lengthy drive to this park, and the negatives, I won't stay here again. We camped at Jalama Beach Park in a Fifth Wheel.Undo
Date of Stay: March, 2013 - $35.00
This is roughing it in the millennium!!! The entire park has less than 100 sites. No Full hook-ups. Power only; water is never far away though with a long hose. There is a dump station that has easy access from either side. We have a 36ft coach, and it was a tight turn to get into top row space (the best place) but worth the effort. You head in and the view out of your front window (day or night) is the very best with great sunsets. We had 4 days/nights of great weather, rained one night but was sunny and warm every day. Surfers seem to love it as do the beach fishing crowd. They now accept reservations via their web site. The park is 20 miles from Lompoc, so make sure you either bring it all with you or a small car to drive to Lompoc to buy it. The rest rooms are older but clean and functional; the showers need quarters (usually 2 does it). There are a few new cabins with great views. All the tent camp sites are on the lowest level along with all the trailer sites. There are a few sites that are actually on the beach. On the top row is where most of the coaches go and is the pick of the place. There is a very small café inside the small store that makes good burgers, etc. Watch out; the portions are huge. We ordered fries and couldn't come close to eating half between us! CONCLUSION: Great fun for all. Everyone was very friendly, park workers and other guests. Jalama Burger didn't live up to bragging but still good. Basics only. Good surfing & beach fishing. We camped at Jalama Beach Park in a Motorhome.Undo
Date of Stay: August, 2012 - $35.00
I stayed once about ten years ago, before it became "known." It was nice back then. This time, I drove to it, over a torturous fourteen mile steep, winding rough patched road that will test your rig's suspension and how well you have everything secured inside. When I got here, the place was packed! Kids were running around all over. (Nothing against kids, I'm just saying what I saw.) The sites are extremely close to one other and the place was very noisy. Maneuvering room is limited and you can be sure you'll be the entertainment while you try to back your rig in. Unless you're one of the many tent campers set up next to the RV's. After my drive through, I changed my mind and decided not to stay here. I was very disappointed in how this place has changed and also considering the poor road condition, won't be back. We camped at Jalama Beach Park in a Truck Camper.Undo
Date of Stay: March, 2012 - $40.00
This is a county campground right on the beach, but be forewarned. There is a perilously long (15 miles) winding road that must be travelled to get there, which is not for the faint of heart. We are talking sheer cliffs, hairpin turns, a recipe for disaster. It's 15 miles in and 15 miles out on the same road. Had I known this I would not have tried to get there. There are no turnarounds if you have a change of heart either. That said, we arrived to find one of the "first come first served" sites ourselves. The ranger apparently had no idea what was taken and what wasn't, just telling us that there were electrical sites (no sewer, no water) on the top and lower levels. I couldn't believe how blah-zay that ranger was. So we went up to the top level, with our trailer in tow, trusting him to have given us good information. The third level turned out to be a dead end, plus all the sites were taken. We laughed until we cried as another 20 minutes later (after we painstakingly managed to turn around our rig and trailer on a crowded vacancy-free level) we drove to a site on a lower level, which was a tight squeeze with all the other rigs parked close by and sticking out into the drive. We found a site there without a view, sandwiched between two other rigs. At 4 PM we were finally parked and went down to pay the ranger, who had left the building for the day. It was just a perfect end to the nerve-wracking ride in. There is a bathroom on the lower level, which was pretty rough and weathered - a glorified outhouse with flush toilet. There were pay showers on the beach level, which were clean. There is a store with hot food and sundries open until 5:30 or 6:00 pm. There was no Wi-Fi, no cable TV, no cellphone service. On a positive note, the beach is nice and was full of windsurfers. This site is for those who want to get away, and I mean away from everything. Just make sure to watch yourself on the way out on Jalama road. We camped at Jalama Beach Park in a Travel Trailer.Undo
Date of Stay: February, 2012 - $20.00
Rate shown for basic site. Site was a gravel pull-through, fairly level, and included a table and a BBQ grill. Most campsite tables were overrun by sea gulls and needed a good clean. An onsite store/cafe makes a good hamburger. The best reason to stay here though is the beach. Miles from anywhere else adds to the charm. We camped at Jalama Beach Park in a Motorhome.Undo
Date of Stay: September, 2009 - $30.00
We just left and I can't wait to go back! This campground is remote with no cell phone service, so bring calling cards for the pay phones. Beach is amazing with off-leash areas to the right and left of the main beach area. You must fill up your water tank upon entry and dump black tank upon exit. The park is easily accessible for a 40' rig. Oceanfront sites do not have electricity and are best for tents and small campers. However, we had slot 88 with electric and the most amazing ocean view. There is also a restaurant with "to die for" hamburgers and a store with anything you forgot. I rated this a nine because of the location, views and friendliness of staff. We camped at Jalama Beach Park in a Motorhome.Undo
Date of Stay: March, 2009 - $28.00
I feel reluctant to brag about this CG only because it'll let more people know about this gem on the coast. It could be hard to get a site in the summer because they don't accept resevations. We dry camped here in our 5th wheel so we could have a beach front site but there are hook ups in other parts of the CG. Weather was fantastic and the staff was great. If you make it here, don't forget to try a Jalama Burger at the Jalama Grill. We can't wait to come back. We camped at Jalama Beach Park in a Fifth Wheel.Undo
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