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Jalama Beach Camping
Reservations & Day Use Fees

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Jalama Beach camping is a very popular beach campsite in Santa Barbara County for both day use and camping. Reservations are not required for day use of Jalama Beach. Jump to Day Use Fees.

Jalama Beach Camping - Jalama Beach Campground

As with all camping in California, you should make your reservations for Jalama Beach camping at least 6 months in advance of your stay. Here are the camping fees for tent, trailer & RV campsites and here are the Jalama Cabin rates.

If you don't have reservations, there's still a chance that you could get a campsite at Jalama. There are several non-reservable Jalama campsites available to both RV and tent campers! Here are my 5 Best Tips to get a non-reservable campsite.

Jalama Beach is so remote there's no cell phone service. It's about an hours drive from Santa Barbara and 45 minutes from Lompoc. Click this link for driving directions to Jalama Beach County Park.

Map to Jalama Beach

Jalama Creek is a perfect place to explore tidepools for starfish and sea anemones.

Bring a kayak and try kayak surfing or kayak fishing. You'll need a sport fishing license if you decide to go fishing.

There's a playground for the kids and a horseshoe pit if you're interested in playing.

Jalama Beach is a pristine habitat for all types of marine wildlife. You'll probably see dolphins or whales swimming just off-shore. Sea lions are likely to be sunning themselves along the coastline.

The scenery is stunning. This is a beautiful place to photograph nature at its finest. See what I mean by taking this virtual walk along Jalama Beach, south to Point Conception.

WARNING: Access to Point Conception is restricted. You WILL BE TRESPASSING on PRIVATE PROPERTY if you go all the way to the lighthouse, as the visitors in this video did. This area is patrolled and trespassing citations are issued.

Visitors are allowed to hike south ALONG THE BEACH only. Do not go inland up the cliff to the lighthouse. Please respect the property rights of others.

Jalama Beach Day Use

Jalama Beach Camping - Kiteboarding

Jalama Beach Day Use
8:00 AM until Sunset

Private Vehicle
$10.00
Commercial Vehicle/Bus
$35.00
Dogs (fee is per dog, per day)
$3.00

A trip to Jalama Beach for lunch is a favorite day trip for Santa Barbara County locals.

The Jalama Beach Store & Grill is home of the World Famous Jalama Burger®. The Grill has a full menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Jalama Beach Store

Jalama Beach Store & Grill brings a touch of luxury to this remote wilderness. You don't have to cook unless you want to. And the store can provide everything you forgot; from camping & fishing supplies to beer & wine.

You can even rent a video, mail a postcard, or fax a message at the Store. The Store & Grill is open daily from 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM in the winter and until 7:00 PM in the summer. Read what TripAdvisor travelers have to say about Jalama Beach County Park.

Jalama is a well-known surf spot. Windsurfers and kiteboarders love Jalama Beach, too. This California beach campground has become a top destination for windsurfing events. It's very windy here almost every day.

Jalama Walk-Up Campsites

Here are my 5 BEST TIPS to increase your chances
of camping at Jalama without a reservation

  1. For campsite availability and daily weather reports, listen to the recorded message at 805-736-6316.
  2. If the campground is full, arrive with your camping gear before lunchtime and plan to spend the afternoon. You may put your name on a waiting list in person. You cannot get on the waiting list by phone.
  3. Check out time for campsites is 1:00 PM. Vacant campsites are assigned to those on the waiting list at 3:00 PM. First come, first served.
  4. Arrive mid-week.
  5. Camp during the off-season: April, May, September & October.

Jalama Beach Camping Reservations

Jalama Beach County Park maintains 98 individual campsites in California, 2 group campsites and 7 cabins. Twenty nine of these campsites offer electrical RV hookups. There's a dump station for RVs, too.

The restrooms are clean and hot showers are available.

Jalama Beach Camping - Campground Map Click to see a larger campground map.

Jalama Beach Camping Fees - Tents, Trailers and RVs

Apr 1 - Sept 30
Oct 1 - Mar 31
Tent and Trailer Camping
$28.00
$23.00
Electrical Hookups (shared water)
$43.00
$38.00
Premium Beachfront Campsites #53-64 $43.00 year round
Dogs (fee is per dog, per day)
$3.00
Additional Vehicle (1 per campsite)
$10.00
Hot Showers
$.25 per minute
Late Check Out Penalty
$20.00
This fee schedule is current as of May 16, 2015. Fees may change without notice.

Click to reserve your Jalama Beach campsite online.

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Rules & Regulations

  1. There is a non-refundable fee of $6.50 for all tent and RV reservations.
  2. There is a non-refundable fee of $20.00 for all cabin reservations.
  3. There is a non-refundable fee of $30.00 for all group site reservations.
  4. Reservations are accepted from 1 day to 6 months in advance of your stay.
  5. There is a 2-night minimum stay for weekends and 3-night minimum stay for holiday weekends. Holidays are charged at weekend rates.
  6. Check-in time is 3:00 PM.
  7. Check-out time for cabin dwellers is 11:00 AM.
  8. Check-out time for tents, trailers and RVs is 1:00 PM.
  9. Quiet hours: 10:00 PM to 8:00 AM
  10. Dogs must have proof of rabies vaccination.
  11. Dogs are required to be on-leash at all times.
  12. There is a $20.00 late checkout penalty if a site is not vacated by the posted check-out time.
  13. To replace a lost cabin key costs $25.00.
  14. For information other than about the wind, weather or surf, contact the Ranger at 805-736-3504.
  15. For questions about your reservations, call 805-568-2460 from 9AM-4PM, Monday through Friday.

Group Campsite Reservations

There are two group campsites for Jalama Beach camping. Each holds a maximum of 8 vehicles; RVs count as 2 vehicles. Group campsites cost $200 per night.

Jalama Beach Camping Group Area C - Abalone Point
Abalone Point (formerly Area C) is right on the beach. This area has 5 picnic tables, a fire ring and BBQ.
Maximum occupancy: 20
Abalone Point Availability

Jalama Beach Camping Group Area D - Starfish Cove
Starfish Cove (formerly Area D) is the largest group site. This area has 7 picnic tables, 2 prep tables, a sink and 2 30-amp RV hookups.
Maximum occupancy: 40
Starfish Cove Availability


Click here to reserve a group camping site.

Jalama Beach Cabin Reservations

There are seven new cabins for Jalama Beach camping located on former campsites 98-104. Tents are not allowed in the cabin area.

Jalama Beach Camping Cabins

Jalama's new vacation rental cabins provide all the luxuries of home. One cabin is even wheelchair-friendly with wider doors and a wheelchair-accessible shower.

Jalama Beach Camping - ADA Cabin

Jalama Beach Camping
Cabin Availability
Check price & availability Capacity
Tern
5
Pelican
5
Plover
6
Albatross
6
Sandpiper
6
Seagull
5
Cormorant
(Wheelchair Accessible)
4

Jalama Beach Camping - ADA Cabin


After checking availability, click here to reserve one of these cabins.

Guarantee your night on the beach in a warm, comfortable shelter. All you need to bring are sheets, blankets, towels and food.

Read Jalama Beach Cabin rates & rules for more information about rental rates and how the cabins are furnished.

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