We’d heard about Jalama, so we went to check it out. As we headed north on Highway 1 out of Santa Barbara, a small sign for Jalama caught our eye. After a scenic fifteen-mile drive off of the highway through green hills and farmland, we reached the coast and the entrance to Jalama Beach. As far as the eye can see, there is nothing. No homes, no hotels, just mile after mile of beach. Jalama has a campground with day-use and overnight areas, as well as a convenience store and beachfront cafe. It gets pretty windy out here, so tent camping isn’t optimal. What caught our eyes, however, were cabins up on the bluff. Now that’s what I call camping! This first visit, we were awed by the beauty of the area, with no intention of staying, so we snapped a few photos, and made a mental note before heading out.
Mystical, magical – all of this and more. The beauty of this place is its solitude.
After a couple of hours of exploring the bluffs, we headed back, and it was time for check-in. When we got to our cabin, we were pleased with what we found. A lovely one bedroom cabin, a deck out front with chairs looking over the ocean, a (pull-out) sofa, television with Direct TV, refrigerator, kitchen, table and chairs, bathroom, shower, bunkbeds and separate private bedroom with a queen bed – clean linens included! The cabin was spotless, well outfitted and maintained. We were just going to spend the night, so we didn’t bring much, but after loading in our gear, we settled on the porch to enjoy the view.
Back at our cabin, we built a campfire and enjoyed the cold (did we mention it was windy) night with a nice bottle of wine before ending the day.
Mystical, magical – all of this and more. The beauty of this place is its solitude. If you’re looking for a beach with tons of activities, playgrounds, shops, and restaurants, Jalama may not be the best place for you. But if you want to enjoy an incredible and pristine stretch of California’s coast, head out to Jalama. You won’t be disappointed!
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