Wonderful Ride to the Sea - Jalama Road + ADD NEW ROUTE
- Trip Toolbox
You'll find the start of Jalama road just about 6 miles or so south of Lompoc, CA off or Route 1. There are signs for both Jalama Road and Jalama Beach County Park.
Once you start on Jalama Road all you do is head west for 14 miles and the road will dead-end into Jalama Beach County Park.
I stumbled on to this road and tried it on a whim and boy am I GLAD I DID!! It is real hidden gem. You'll start out heading up a bit into the hills and winding through beautiful golden rolling hills that are dotted with some trees and wild flowers. You'll also see a sprinkling of horses and cows grazing the lonely hills. Soon you'll be lazily descending down to the coast and finally you crest a hill and there is the beautiful deep blue ocean in front of you. The view of the beach area is down right stunning as it has a back drop of rocky cliffs and hills to the north. The day I went there was a blanket of low clouds far off the coast hovering over the ocean and it was sunny on the beach and hills inland. Coming back was a treat too because I caught new beautiful scenery that you don't see unless you are heading east on Jalama Road. Overall, this is a solid 5 for scenery.
The road is full of curves from start to finish. Most of them are gentle curves yet there were a few that were more on the lines of being twisties ... one of which has a posted 10 MPH speed limit. The road is also great because of the climbs and descents which ad to the fun. This road would have gotten a solid 5 if it weren't for some stretches of poor pavement. Some sections are pretty bad yet some sections are very smooth but most of the roads are in fair condition.
At the end of the road is a VERY nice county park that has camping, picnic areas, and a large stretch of beach area. The park includes a little store for food & drink & such and there is a grille type restaurant (don't know if it is any good as we didn't eat when we were there). It really is a nice place to stay a night or two! Other than the park, there is really nothing to do along the way. Oh yeah, the park does have an entrance fee of about $10 per vehicle. But if you don't want to pay that, it IS STILL WORTH THE DRIVE ... you'll just have to U-turn when you get to the park and pull over somewhere along the road to take in the views of the sea.
Their web site does not do the park justice but here it is - http://www.countyofsb.org/parks/parks06.aspx?id=9186 .
Nickname (optional) :