Went to a beautiful California beach this past week Jalama Beach County Park, Santa Barbara County, California
Jalama Beach is just south of Lompoc and Vandenberg AFB, I guess about half way between San Francisco and San Diego. After driving through the non-stop urban sprawl from San Diego to Santa Barbara, it was such a pleasant surprise to come upon this beach. It is 15 miles from Highway 1, through ranch land and groves of oak trees. Not a strip mall in sight. If you are familiar with San Luis Obispo or San Simeon, CA, it is the same type of landscape.
The sites are on a first come basis, $22 with a Good Sams card. I had a hard time backing into a site on the top level, but when I saw the view I was determined to do so. You would pay a fortune for the view elsewhere. They say full hookups, but in reality, it is just electricity. The camp host said he had enough hose to get water to anyone who needed it.
There must be good fishing in the area. The pelicans would take less than 30 seconds to lock onto and dive for a fish. There were dolphins swimming close to shore and I guess whales are also frequently seen.
Hope if any of the surrounding ranch land ever goes on sale, that the state or national park system buys it up.