Jalama Beach is a beautifully remote alcove 30 minutes from the City of Lompoc. This pristine beach nestled against rolling hills is the ideal destination for weekend warriors and day trippers alike. Here are our recommendations for the best things to do during your visit to Jalama Beach.
Visit Gorgeous Beach Caves
About a mile up the beach from Jalama are the beautiful sea caves. Caves can be accessed from the beach during low tide and are perfect for viewing sea creatures in the tidepools. Check local tides to find the best time to visit.
Take a Hike to a Historic Lighthouse
Surrounded by beautiful hiking trails, Jalama Beach is the perfect place for solo or group hiking. A local favorite is the Point Conception: De Anza trail, a 10-mile round trip hike that will take you to the Point Conception Lighthouse, one of the first built on the West Coast. However, if you take the hike, go during low tide to avoid being stuck during high tide!
A favorite amongst locals and visitors, this beachy grill serves up delicious grub with an amazing view and is known for its “Jalama Burger” which was recently named California’s best burger by Sunset magazine. This is a must stop for anyone visiting Lompoc whether you are staying in town or on the beach.
Because Jalama is located just North of Point Conception and is exposed to the elements of Central California, including northwest winds and swells, you can find some of the best surfing here! Surfing here is at its peak during the summer through the early fall months during the early morning hours and is best for intermediate and advanced surfers.
Whale Watching/Bird Watching/Fishing
Wildlife is abundant around Jalama Beach which makes it the ideal place to sit back and enjoy nature. Many birders love the hiking trails that surround the beach for the opportunity to see many beautiful California birds. During the months of February-April and again September-November you can also catch glimpses of the Grey Whale migration from the beach and see the majestic gentle giants along with dolphins migrate along the channel to their breeding or feeding grounds.
Want to catch dinner yourself? No problem, Jalama Beach is also friendly to fishing! The most common catches are perch, cabezon, bass or halibut. Forgot something at home? No problem, the Jalama Beach General Store also sells bait and tackle!
Things To Know Before You Go
There is a $10 parking fee at the beach for the day. If you plan on bringing a furry friend, make sure that you always have proof of an up to date rabies vaccination and keep your pet on a leash. There is also a small fee per dog.
Come experience nature and the beauty for yourself! Start planning your trip to Jalama Beach today and experience for yourself all of the fun and exciting things to see and do while you’re there!
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