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 here in a Motorhome.
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 here in a Motorhome.
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 here in a Fifth Wheel.
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 here in a Motorhome.
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 here in a Truck Camper.
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 here in a Travel Trailer.
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 here in a Motorhome.
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 here in a Motorhome.
Scenic family camping, which is pet friendly. Forget about cell phone service, however there is a pay phone at the location. Everyone was very friendly here.The Jalama beach store serves up a great burger. The campsites were a little bit cramped; and my 2 year-old kept finding cigarette butts and beer tops all over the campground. I would definitely arrive early as the locals come up on Thursdays and set up empty tents to hold places. Overall a very nice place and we would go back. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
[ 8 / 10 ]
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 here in a Fifth Wheel.
Second time here. Arrived on Monday the 30th of March, and the cg was not quite half full. Had choice of either electric or dry camping and elected to go dry again this time. Had site #33, which is one of the pull throughs, and down in the main level of the cg. Great spot. It was windy both nights, but Tuesday night was REALLY windy. I was happy we weren't in one of the upper sites. We'll definitely go back. Nightly rate included a AAA discount and 9 per night for the three dogs. It's a VERY dog friendly campground. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We stayed at this campground in March, so it was not full. We even managed to get an oceanfront site. As we are not in the season right now, the campground was pretty quiet and calm. The restrooms were clean. They have hot showers for $0.25 for 1 minute, the only back draw is that there is no electric outlet for a hairdryer or anything. The oceanfront sites are double sites, there is nothing between you and your neighbor, although you can park your vehicle so you create a barrier. We stayed in our Volkswagen Vanagon Weekender and our neighbor was one of those "Lompoc locals" mentioned in a previous post that come down, pay for the whole week and leave the fifth wheeler on the oceanfront site from Monday through Friday and come down for the weekend. It was okay for us, as we did not have anybody on the site. (We stayed Monday - Wednesday.) But I admit: it is annoying that the owners/campground hosts let people take the oceanfront sites from campers who actually are here and would love to enjoy the beach access lots. This is the only reason I give this campground a 7. We really liked camping here and we will be back but definitely not in the season. It must be busy that time of the year and we loved the quietness and peacefulness of the place. It has a fantastic feeling to it. Just walk to the beach right from your campsite. We camped here in a Truck Camper.
This is one of my favorite places to RV camp anywhere. I just love the feeling here, it's like going back in time to a stretch of California coast before it was developed. You can walk for miles along a beautiful beach. (And dogs are allowed on the beach but PLEASE pick up after them!!) Not to mention a hamburger stand with pretty good food and a general store in the middle of nowhere! The highest-tier hookup sites (electric only with water spigots nearby to fill up) where I always stay have awesome views up and down the coast. They are close together but who cares with such a view out the front, and a picnic table at the edge of view cliff! I am a writer and get really great ideas while staying here. It's always hard to leave. I'm just grateful for the privilege to camp here, and I overlook the shortcomings of some of the other reviewers, which, unfortunately are still true. The 15-mile road to get here should only be attempted by skilled RV drivers. It is hilly, windy, and usually in disrepair, though at least there is not much traffic. Since there are no reservations, you may be making that drive for nothing. You may want to stay instead at Flying Flags in Buellton and visit Jalama as a day trip. For us, since we are a 34-ft motorhome, there are only a few hookup sites that we fit into, which increases the risk for us since we make the long trip to get here for our panoramic view. We will only go on a winter weekday, and still call the park's daily recording first to get an idea of how crowded it is. If you are very lucky a ranger will answer the phone to give you a better idea. The campground did seem fairly poorly maintained, although the rangers were very friendly when we were here. Also, active train tracks run adjacent to the campground, although the wonderful sound of the surf screens it out fairly well. The fees have gone up in recent years, now up to (for hookups) $30/$28 senior or travel club plus $3 per dog. We camped here in a Motorhome.
I see it's been awhile since anyone rated this site. We elected to dry camp, as we felt that an extra $10.00 per night was too expensive. Besides, we have 3 dogs, and at $3.00 per dog per night, we decided dry camping was the better choice. There is a bi-directional dump station and a separate potable water source away from the dump station (I like that idea). We selected site number 104 which is on the middle tier of this three tier, and is parallel to the beach line, so the view was terrific. One end of this tier has hook-ups, and the upper tier has hook-ups as well. Those sites are pretty close together and that was another reason we chose to dry camp. We wished we could have stayed another night, and are making plans to return as soon as we can. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Nice beach, but the campground is a bit problematic. Campsites are EXTREMELY close together. In most cases, the campsites are actually side by side (no space in between). It's a little unnerving sleeping in a tent less then 5 feet from strangers in the next campsite. This closeness was the cause of an altercation with our neighbors the nearly turned physical and ultimately ruined our family camping trip. Security in the park was ineffective. Also, the best sites are taken well in advance by Lompoc locals who drive up on Monday morning and purchase these sites (sometimes many at a time) for the entire week, then show up Friday evening for the weekend. Very unfair. We camped here in a Tent.
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This facility suffers from severe overuse. The place is dirty, people walk their dogs and don't clean up after them. We took a 'nature' walk on a trail in the Wetlands area and were rewarded by a steady stream of hot, soapy water flowing down from the Ranger's residence. From the looks of it, this happens all the time. The days we were here, 16 sites were not available due to construction. There are only 16 electrical hook up sites. To get one of these campsites and also one of the non-electric oceanview sites, campers in the know send a scout vehicle to the park at 6am. As soon as a site is scored, the call goes out via cell phone. Also the ranger is notified that the site has been taken. Most of the campsites are small and are surrounded by solid fences. The obligatory picnic table and benches are anchored in concrete and can't be moved. Small trailers without slide outs will do well here. Towing in with a trailer or 5er over 30' is not for the faint hearted. You can walk for miles on the beach and there are spectacular sunsets, but these can also be had elsewhere with a lot less hassle. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Jalama Beach campground is run by the County of Santa Barbara. The road to the campground is extremely twisty and windy (some 10 MPH curves!) but it is worth it! There are sites on the beach and then on up the hills of the campground, ending
with bluff campsites with incredible views of an unobstructed coastline. It has a camp store and showers, bathrooms with flush toilets. But the one reason to go is the beach. You can walk for miles in either direction. We camped here in a Motorhome.