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Jalama Beach

CA
805-736-6316
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Ranked #2,133 of 3,932 Attractions in California
Type: Beaches, Outdoors
Activities: Camping
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Type: Beaches, Outdoors
Activities: Camping
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Malibu, California
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322 reviews 322 reviews
67 attraction reviews
170 helpful votes 170 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

Never camped here but come for the surf and quiet beach. It takes effort to get here but worth it for a surf and a burger. About 14miles each way from the highway. Take a picture. Come back for stormy as well as sunny days.

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San Diego, California
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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

We recently camped at Jalama from August 5th to the 8th and I have not felt that relaxed in a long time. We were in a large group and we had a total of 6 spots that were close to the play ground, the store, the horseshoe pits and the bathrooms. This was our first time going and it was... More 

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Ventura, California
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

We still love this beach but, it has changed its policy this year 2014. It is now mostly a reservation only campground. 20% is still first come first serve(FCFS). Don't drive all the way out there if you don't have reservations.

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Kansas City, Missouri
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10 reviews 10 reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2013

As stated in my title, this was my first time camping. Ever. I'm nearly 32 years old, and my husband finally convinced me to "rough it" overnight. We were invited by a friend and his girlfriend whom had camped at Jalama Beach before, and I was pleasantly surprised! We arrived about 11am. There was no line, as previous reviews stated.... More 

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Los Angeles, CA
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12 reviews 12 reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2011

There are only a few campgrounds in California that do first come first served as opposed to having to book in MONTHS or typically a YEAR in advance. This is one of them. It's well worth the chance you take of maybe not getting a spot. The odds of that happening seem rare but could definitely happen during summer months.... More 

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Los Angeles
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19 reviews 19 reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2011

You really feel away from it all at this secluded beach. Every campsite might be filled but you are not right on top of each other. You have a wonderful beach, clean campsites, a great little store, no cell phone service, and the most beautiful coastline views. There's a great playground for the kids, and lots of space for them... More 

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Santa Maria, California
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51 reviews 51 reviews
24 attraction reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2011

An unspoiled stretch of sand curves into the northern horizon, bending beneath rolling coastal hills turned light brown by the approaching summer. Dark gray cliffs stand in sharp contrast to the sun-lit beach and run parallel to the ocean’s green edge of breaking wind-whipped waves. The cliff walls lean slightly away from the water, almost balking at the sheer eroding... More 

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Seattle, WA
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2011

I went on a February day. The weather was cold, and (thus) the beach was largely deserted. As I understand it, you can't reserve sites and during the summer you have to show up very early for a spot. Being February, I had no trouble getting a great spot: the camp site was right on the beach. Very cool. The... More 

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los angeles
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2010

almost a 3 hr drive from los angeles... this is in the middle of nowhere practically so if you need something from the nearby wal mart, it will take about 20 mins to drive out of the campsite area & unto civilization (lompoc is the nearest city) but no worries;; theres a little shop that has everything! & i mean... More 

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Modesto, CA
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27 reviews 27 reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2009

I don't know about camping, but a drive (particularly on a motorcyle) from Hwy 1 to the Jalama Beach store was worth it to have one of their burgers - something special.

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