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“Very Beautiful Place, but camp in an RV, now taking Reservations for sites” 5 of 5 stars
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Jalama Beach County Park
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Star Route, Jalama Rd, Lompoc, CA 93436   |  
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Fullerton, California
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“Very Beautiful Place, but camp in an RV, now taking Reservations for sites”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2011

We have just returned from 4 nights in Jalama, the first trip was in Aug.09, we were very lucky to end up with a campsite by just driving in. Our site was #106 up on the ridge, very close to your neighbor, great view of the beach and a very crowded campground, poor attitudes at the store, its like they have been there way too long and are now over it.

This time in April, the place was EMPTY, Im mean really, nobody at the gate with self registration. they are doing some improvements, they are adding "Park Model" mobile homes just above the gate, Im curious to see if they get rented, most people that stay here appear to be on a budget, and won't be dropping $150-200 a night for the mobil homes, Im assuming there going to have to get that much a day to pay for them. Hopefully the same guy that cleans the restrooms won't be cleaning these, he never emptied the trash
can in the restroom the whole tim we were there. He must have been busy doing nothing somewhere else as well.
The older gentleman at the store was extremely nice, the Jalama Burger was fantastic as usual.
There is Tar on the rocks on the beach, I don't know how you could miss that, but still a very nice beach overall.

They are adding Sewer & Water to the Electric Sites in the next few months, with will be great

The Rangers are very cool and great to chat with.

We love staying here and will continue, yes it is crowded and crammed in the summer months, but hey its a great place to stay, thats why its so crowded. You just can't find a better view of the beach from up on the bluff, period.

As far a "rowdy groups" your going to get that at any campground with several large numbers of teenagers, you pretty much know what your going to get when just a fence post divides the "Tent Sites" deal with it or go camp elsewhere !!

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Ocean City, MD
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2011

The mornings are calm along with the evenings and the afternoons are super windy. I thought it was a cool experience. You can hike as far as you want along the beach if it seems to crowded for you. The weekends get busy but during the week is more chilled. Now I will say its been over 5 years since I was there so some things may have changed. But I wanna go back for sure

Stayed June 2010, traveled with friends
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Bakersfield, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2010

Just returned from one week camping at Jalama. Here is my experience, I hope it provides needed information.

We arrived on a Monday afternoon, 5:30 p.m. School is out in that area by the way, so I was not sure what to expect. We had the choice of many different campsites. We were most interested in a view and hook ups; we ended up taking 116, way up on the top row. The view was to die for!! Best view in the park, in my opinion. Odd thing...there were orange cones in many of the "available" campsites. When we would ask campers about them, they usually said the sites were taken and the people were returning. But when asking one of the rangers, he said "I don't know where the cones came from, but that site is open, you can have it and I will remove the cones." That is how we got our site. I never solved the mystery of the orange cones, but I will tell you they popped up everywhere, and I honestly think the rangers were the ones placing them. Why? I will never know!!

The beach was gorgeous. No tar, little seaweed, no litter. Rough and cold, but many surfers out there. Yes you must have a wetsuit, my son and nephew surfed and boogie boarded, they were even cold with the wetsuits.

The restrooms and showers were super clean, and it stayed that way my entire week there. Showers were hot and perfect. 25 cents a minute. Bring quarters! There were water hookups on the top row, but we had to put two hoses together to reach. We would just fill up quickly and be done with it. Everyone else did the same thing. Loved having the electrical hookups. Convenient. Only the top two rows have hookups.

Campsites are super small and very close together. Little privacy. Fortunately we had great neighbors, no problems there. Everyone we encountered, from campers to staff, were friendly and always ready to talk. Yes dogs can go on the beach! They have a blast. We picked up after our dogs, however many did not. CLUE, the little cute "bird house" looking things throughout the part contain DOGGY BAGS! Use them people!

Saw dolphins, seals and even one bobcat. Our last morning a stranded little seal appeared on the sand; rangers cordoned it off with those lovely orange cones; this was to keep people away. Glad to say everyone seemed to cooperate.

Weather. It ranged from hot, to perfectly pleasant, to cold, to a misty rain, to fog, to almost hurricane force winds! No lie. One evening we were sitting looking at the ocean when the ocean breeze suddenly stopped. Then it became very hot and still. Then moments later, a reverse hot wind blew in from the mountains behind us (similar to a very hot Santa Ana wind) and literally blew everything out of our campground. Our neighbor's satellite dish blew down, our boogie boards went down the hill. One of my dogs literally flew out of her harness and went for cover. It was crazy~ How could you ever know? I did not sleep easy that night, worrying about when the wind would return again. One fluke accident in our week long stay.

The store; well stocked and very friendly. Yes, the Jalama Burgers are to die for. The french fries and onion rings are just so so.

Beach/ocean front spots seem to be at a premium. I can absolutely tell you that people usually move in and take a regular spot and then put their name on a waiting list for ocean front. I doubt you would ever drive in and just find an ocean front spot open. I think they may be nice, but then again, no hookups and the view is not probably even as good as the very top row.

There is a sign at the beginning of the 14 mile (long, curvy) road to Jalama. Most of the week we were there the sign was lit up CAMPGROUND FULL. However people kept coming in and usually got a spot. They sometimes had to wait in overflow for a whole day, or choose a less preferable spot, but I never saw anyone turned away in the entire week. I would not let the sign deter me in the future.

I think that wraps it up. Oh. yes, no cell phone service AT ALL. It has something to do with Vandenburg Air force Base right up the beach. There are pay phones and they did take quarters. The store rents DVD's, only $3.00, that was a nice touch.

Go with a good attitude and a sense of adventure and you will have a great time!

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2010

My husband and I have been coming here since we got married. We love it. Our 3 year old daughter repeats over and over "lets go to jalama beach". The fees are a bit high for the place but worth it. The showers when we have gone are always clean as well as the toilets. Every morning the janitor is cleaning. We do not go during summer or break times as it is very packed. The store is friendly. The owners gave the store to their son and yes he is a bit more rude. To everyone. My husband and his family have been going there every year for 35 years. The place is very safe. At night the rangers drive around and there is a quiet time after 10pm. We have never had any problems with noisy neighbors. There is water hookups in the overflow areas. Just not down in the main camp. You can reserve sites for group camping. The weather you never know. When we went in Oct. it was beautiful. There is some wind but its the beach in northern cali. Its naturally colder up there. Will continue to go.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Orange County
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2009

The drive is beautiful, and the beach is nice from a distance. Other nice features include decent surfing and good hamburgers. The campsite was more like a refugee camp. It was dirty, and the campsites were very close, not allowing any privacy. The picnic tables were full of bird feces and the restrooms were dirty. While eating, I noticed several campers walking their dogs, and the dogs were defecating. That is not appetizing. Large, unruly groups are allowed to have loud, rowdy parties into the evening. That is in bad taste in a family enviroment, not to mention unsafe. The beach itself has some litter, but not too bad considering the crowds. The offshore drilling leaves tar deposits on the beach. That is not the park's fault, but it is an unhealthy, unappealing feature of the beach.

The park could be improved if it were cleaned properly and the campsites were more spread out. Loud parties should be prohibited, unless during a designated college week. Loud, vulgar parties are not appropriate in a family environment. There is a cleaning person, but he does a terrible job. The toilettes are always dirty even after cleaning, and he does not clean the picnic tables covered with feces. My opinion, if you're not going to do the job properly, don't do it all. Hire someone who really cleans the place.

I know camping isn't perfect, but other campsites in CA are much better. Some of the mountain campsites are beautiful. The Bishop and Sequioia campsites are clean, quiet and pristine. That is a nice experience. Jamala attracts drunken bikers, rednecks, and teenagers. If you like filth, drinking and fighting, this place is ok. If you have a family, don't come here. It's not safe for your kids.

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2009

I would not reccomend going here! On our first day i was so excited as we were driving on the road i could not fall asleep and i was bouncing around in my seat. I was surprised when i got there due to the long wait for a decent campsite, and the cold wind that surrounded me. when we finally got a campsite i discovered that the campsites are way too close together and there is no privacy what so ever. My camp neighbors were a bunch of loud, cussing, roughty, drunk teenagers, so i could not fall asleep. i also had troubles falling asleep due to the non stop wind! this wind is so intense so if you do decide to go remember to pack HEAVY! when i woke up i was really dirty and greasy so of course i wanted to take a shower, but i had to wait until about 9:00. If you dont like to go to bed nasty then you better take a shower before sunset considering that is the time it closes. these showers seem to be NEVER clean, these showers take a quarter every minute so dont forget to bring lots of these. to top it off these showers are cold then burning hot the freeaing then hot and on and on. oh yah i dont want to forget about the fact that you should make sure the shower actually works before you get undressed , because you might just get lucky and your shower that you waited in line for a long time will not cooperate. You might not want to wait until the last minute to use the restroom considering they could be far away and occupied, this happened to me almost every time, i walked to the restroom only to find a line with anxious women waitng thier turn. there is only 2 stalls to each restroom building. these restrooms seem to never be clean and i find it utterly disgusting using the restroom. I wouldnt want to forget about the loud and annoying train that comes by almost vevery hour just when you seem to be relaxed.
if you feel like getting away from this campstie you could always take a walk down the beach it is very beautiful if you if you dont mind tar and seaweed almost everywhere down and up the beach. If you feel like becoming numb you can take a dip in the freezing ocean. i saw about two children in the ocean the whole week i was staying at this unenjoyable beach site. During my stay i found three dogs digging into my food at my campsite. when you are asleep dont forget to hide your food or else it will be nearly gone by the morning which you will then have to go and visit the over priced store where the employees have little if any respect to the customers that buy their expensive crap food. but i must admit that the burgers are to die for!
over all i would reccomend not coming here, unless you enjoy all of the above listings

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Southern California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2009

We camped at Jalama Beach in our travel trailer the Tues through Fri of last week in Aug. We chose that week thinking that it would be less crowded and therefore be able to get a site. We kept in touch with the ranger by phone, and when we arrived late Tuesday afternoon we had a number of sites to chose from.

1. The beach is spectacular, empty, and clean. We walked miles in both directions. Our little dog had a blast running through the surf and playing with the other dogs there.

2. Although the sites are close, our neighbors were extremely nice and very respectful and considerate of boundaries. The place was jumping during the day, but by dark it was very quiet.

3. The park staff from the rangers to the store were very polite and friendly. Not being of color, I can't comment on the treatment of non-whites, but there were quite a few families of non-caucasions at the park, and I did not observe any rudeness. Hopefully the experience described below is an isolated incident.

4. We will definitely go back.

5. The restrooms and showers were surprisingly clean.

6. Note: cell phones don't work. There's no TV. You can't make long-distance calls from the pay phone unless you have a phone card. It's a low-tech vacation.

7. The Jalama Burger is the best I've ever had. The fish and chips...not so much. Stick with the burger.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Star Route, Jalama Rd, Lompoc, CA 93436
Location: United States > California > Lompoc
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Ranked #1 of 1 Specialty Lodging in Lompoc
Number of rooms: 7
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