Welcome to Jalama Beach County Park
Land near Jalama Creek was once a Chumash Indian settlement named "Halama". In 1943, 23.5 acres of privately owned land was donated to the County of Santa Barbara from the Atlantic Richfield Oil Company, and thus, our park was formed. Jalama Beach is a respite from typically bustling seaside parks, yet offers many conveniences. Groceries, personal care sundries, firewood, fishing bait and tackle, ice, beer and wine may be purchased at the Jalama Store. Other services include mailing, facsimile, and video rentals. The store and its popular Grill are open daily from 8:00 am.
Jalama Beach is approximately an hour drive from Santa Barbara and a 45-minute drive from Lompoc. A sign 4.5 miles south of Lompoc off Highway 1 will direct you onto Jalama Road. Follow this scenic 14.5 mile road to the coast. The park entrance will be at the end of the road. Jalama is subject to high winds and rough surf. Lifeguards are on duty during the summer months, however visitors swim at their own risk.
Day-use picnic areas provide tables and raised fire boxes. Additional activities include surfing, whale-watching, birdwatching, nature photography, and fishing the surf or rock outcroppings for perch, cabezon, kelp, bass, or halibut. Many protected California native plants like sand verbena, saltbush, and sea rocket, grow within park boundaries.
While you're here, visit the Jalama Beach Store and Grill and have a "World Famous Jalama Burger." They also have an extended menu that includes homemade clam chowder, chile verde and "Aunt Ruth's Raw Apple Cake."
Directions to Jalama Beach
From the South: Take Highway 101 north and travel 30 miles past Santa Barbara. Take the Hwy 1 ramp to Lompoc/Vandenberg Air Force Base. Continue on Hwy 1, 13 miles. Turn left onto Jalama Rd. Continue on Jalama Rd. for 14 miles, the road ends at Jalama Beach County Park.
From the North:Take Highway 101 south to Buellton. Exit Hwy 246 and turn right towards Lompoc. Travel 16 miles to Lompoc. Turn left on Hwy 1. Travel 4 miles and turn right onto Jalama Rd. Continue on Jalama Rd. for 14 miles, the road ends at Jalama Beach County Park.
Reservations can be made online for tent sites, hookups, cabins and group areas. Reserve a 1 or 2-bedroom cabin with full bathrooms and kitchenettes with spectacular views of the ocean and beach. We also offer GROUP areas for your next group get-together. All sites may be reserved up to 6 months in advance of the check-in date. *A non-refundable reservation fee will be charged for each site/option reserved. There is a 2-night minimum stay for weekend reservations (Friday and Saturday), and a 3-night minimum stay for holiday weekends.
You'll find a fully stocked general store, hot showers and playground for the kids. Great care has been taken to make our facilities accessible to everyone.
Santa Barbara County Parks is proud to offer a free-of-charge beach wheelchair at this location. To request the use of a beach wheelchair, please inquire with an on-site Ranger or Lifeguard. The wheelchairs were acquired through the California Coastal Commission's Whale Tail Grants Program.
Dogs are Welcome! The money collected from the dog fee program has paid for and will continue to upkeep of the park. Dogs are required to be on a leash of 6 ft. or less everywhere in the Park. We ask all dog handlers to bring current copy of proof of rabies vaccination. Dogs are not to be left unattended at any time within the Park and handlers must clean up after their pets immediately. Vicious or very noisy animals will be evicted. There is a fee per day per pet.