Jalama County Beach, Lompoc, California
luckily that is not the case here. Jalama Road, the only road in and out of Jalama Beach is, however, winding, with hairpin turns, little to no shoulder and many coast live oaks with overhanging (and in need of a pruning on our visit) branches. Go slowly and carefully along this road. The positive side, there is little traffic along this road and you are not dealing with the logging trucks that you often find along Highway 1 further north.
The beach offers day use and camping, both of which are very busy during weekends and summer months. Plan on getting a reservation, even though a few sites remain first come, first served. The campground has paved interior roads group sites, a store with limited groceries, beer and wine, and is home to the World Famous Jalama Burger at the Jalama Beach Store & Grill. This burger is truly fantastic and rivals my top burger pick. The store and grill open early for breakfast and close fairly early (around 6pm), so it's busiest time is noon to early afternoon.
Sites generally are not private, offer no shade, and have a fire pit and picnic table. Sites here vary from paved, to dirt, to sand, depending on location. Sites up the tiered hillside are paved and narrower than many sites closer to the beach. These sites, however, offer spectacular views and water and electric hookups, a nice asset at a CA beach! Sites in the main area of the campground are either dirt or sand with no hookups. The beachfront sites are at a premium here, and give you immediate access to the beach and some spectacular sunsets. Sites 1-9 and 17-51 are the most cramped, crowded and noisy during peak season. Often, it is difficult to tell where one campsite ends and the other begins with the number of cars and tents packed into each site. Both nights of our stay we were approached by people hoping to pay us to camp in our spot with us since we "had room." The atmosphere is fun and lively, so if you are looking for a peaceful getaway, this is not your place, at least during peak season.
Best Sites: 10-16, 53-64, 80-87, 105, 117
Poor Sites: 1-9, 17-51
Hookups: Electric & Water
Potable Water: Yes
Dump within Facility: Yes