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“Fantastic Beach!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Jalama Beach County Park

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San Diego, California
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“Fantastic Beach!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2012

Our family had a reunion here this summer. THis was our first visit. We used cabins and RV spaces. Very best thing is that it is so isolated! You can walk 10 minutes either way along the beach and not see another person. Perfect for beach combing and long walks, tide-pooling. Very clean facilities and the camp hosts were very friendly and helpful. Camp store/restaurant was a little expensive--as you'd expect--but not too bad really. The food is great and there is a covered patio with tables to sit and eat. We'll be coming back as often as possible

Room Tip: Cabins were new in 2012.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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lmpoc
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2012

It's a scene out of one of those penguin movies where the males are all huddled together keeping their egg warm. Tents (or the rented spaces) are so close together, you might as well go to Haiti and live in their tent city - at least you'd get a bit more room and some foreign aid.

I am not exactly sure why the area is so limited. There's plenty of space in the park;however, they limit the tents, RV's and cabins into a small jam packed area. It really is funny to see. AND - here's the best part - All the campers are located within the two access roads going in and out - Lovely exhaust fumes blowing in your tent along with whatever your close neighbor is burning. Yes! people actually PAY to do this????

No doubt this is a beautiful beach. It's just too bad it's a parks and rec area and not a nice developed spot to enjoy a true camping experience. At least they are saving the Snowy Plovers by keeping all the campers at NO2 exhaust fume levels. We wouldn't want to hurt the Plover population, but who cares about the humans.......Go FIGURE?

Room Tip: If you really want to stay here, get a cabin - althogh it takes about 6 months to get a reservation...
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 1 of 5 stars
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    • 1 of 5 stars
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1 Thank rb252
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New Jersey
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2012

Not one for alot of words but my gf and i were hoping around diff spots in socal and this is by far the best beach , the views are amazing. Peacefull walks on the beach never seemed overly crowded . Jalama burger is amazing prob in top five Of all burgers i ve ever had. If u wanna be away from the crowds of venice , huntington etc etc come here .. Tranquil..

  • Stayed July 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank ibeatug
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granada hills
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2012

hello...was at jalama beach campground again a few months ago....once again there were high winds for a day or so....it seemed that they made a few changes,like adding some cabins and some mobil homes you could rent in advance if you wanted.....now for a quick list of the main campground and everything else,,,,GREAT BURGERS,,,,CROWDED UNPRIVATE SITES,,,DOG CRAP IN THE CAMPGROUND AND ON THE BEACH....BATHROOMS UNCLEAN...CRAPPY SHOWERS WHEN THEY WORK...LOUD,,,DRUNKEN UNDER AGE ''PUNK ROCKER PARTIES''AT NITE,SO NO ONE CAN SLEEP...STILL,NO SHADE!!!there was an oil derek platform a few miles out that you could see from the beach....i cant remember seeing it there this last trip but that is where the tar on the beach came from....9 years ago,when i was there,,,a large drunken loud'' skater boy ''party was going on late at nite...the neighbors complained.....and the rangers at the time had no problem throwing them out of the park...they were gone in 15 min....one good thing about the rangers,,,is the fact that they are armed...the prices at the store are high so you remember next time to bring everything you need.....that store has a huge inventory of camping needs.....i have to agree with some of the other posts....this could be a great place...but needs a complete makeover.....make it so you can bring your family there,,,and safe for old folks,,,,enforce rules on loud partys,,,,,,the reason that they wont do anything ,is the fact that the beach has been turned into a huge under age party beach,that generates lots of money from loud selfish party animals.....i would say to stay away from JALAMA till they get it under controll.....

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2012

I do belive this was one of our best trips to Jalama. We went March 8th thru the 12th. It was perfect weather and the Beach was empty we did lots of beach combing. Just enjoy this Beach all together been coming here with my wife and son now for four years. :)

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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5 Thank rootpopp
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granada hills
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2011

i never could figure out why they didnt plant any trees for shade in the campgrounds. 1971 was my first time there, and even now there still isnt trees for shade...when you are not 20 yrs old you need some shade...the only shade is a group of cypress trees at the east end of the campgrounds. to get one of these 2 campsites you must be very lucky..also when i was there in 1971 the sand on the beach was very level and you could camp another 2 or 3 hundred feet toward the water...if each campsite had a manemade overhang,like some parks have ,to shade the campers from the sun,it would be a much better campground.....sometimes i feel the 15 mile drive from 101 through the farmlands to jalama is the highlight...JEAN YOUNK if you are reading this...my email is [...].....keith ,,,,from beth stried fame.........

Stayed May 2011, traveled with friends
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Kingsburg, California
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2011

During the summer we like to go beach hopping. A friend of mine told me about this beach and decided to try it out. My brothers family and mine went, the drive was a bit much.. like 15 minutes to get to the campground and when we got there it was pretty packed, but we managed to get a spot near the center by the play ground. But it was super windy and a nice man said to go towards the back and get a campsite with a bush next to it so it would block the wind. We switched campsites and it was still windy but way better than where we were. What helped us was that I went to the store and purchased huge stakes that looked like huge nails to hold the tent down. There were some kids that were a bit loud but not too bad. We felt safe there. The Man at the store was so nice and helped me bunches.. he even lent me things like a pan, hammer and tools. it was a great experience and the Jalama Burgers are the best burger I had ever tasted...I will definitely go back.

Stayed August 2010, traveled with family
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Property: Jalama Beach County Park
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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