Jalama Beach is situated in the Santa Barbara County which is located on the southern coastline of California and is known for its Mediterranean climate. It’s named which is Spanish for “Saint Barbara” was given by a Portuguese explorer in 1602, Sebastian Vizcaino who explored the channel and islands on the Santa Barbara coastline.
In recent years, the county has branded itself as the American Riviera which isn’t too far off. Aside from the amazing beaches where you can surf, snorkel, play volleyball or camp, you also have stunning Spanish architecture surrounding you, plenty of sightseeing and nature to explore.
Camping in Lompoc, California
Where can I camp in Lompoc, California?
Flying Flags RV Resort
The Area Near Flying Flags RV Resort
Buellton, California by Steve Thornton is licensed under CC BY 2.0
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Now, don’t be fooled by the name, though yes, they do call themselves an RV resort, you’re also able to tent camp as well. This campground is truly the luxury campsites of them all as they provide you various activities and accommodations.
You’re able to not only camp with your own RV or tent but you can rent a luxury vintage trailer, cottage or luxury tent is you want to give it a try. The campsite itself is quite large and offers 360 spots for campers.
In addition to the location, the amenities offered on this campsite are second to none. Aside from your basic amenities which are all provided, there’s a swimming pool and hot tub, a playground for children and complimentary wi-fi.
The camp is perfectly situated in between some of the most popular tourist destinations such as local wineries, the unique town of Solvang and nature parks such as Los Padres National Forest and Lake Cachuma.
The campsite is ideal if you have children as the site offers an array of activities for them to engage in, leaving you some time to relax and enjoy the views.
Ocean Mesa at El Capitan
Exploring Near Ocean Mesa at El Capitan
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The Ocean Mesa at El Capitan is a very organized and pleasant campsite to stay. They have amenities for everyone to enjoy, whether you’re camping with a tent or RV/camper.
In addition, if you love the beach but also want to do some hiking, then you’ll be happy to know you’re surrounded by the Los Padres National Forest which sits beautifully above the Pacific Ocean.
Though they’re a campsite, they wanted their guests to be given all the modern amenities to make their camping experience the best. There’s a swimming pool, laundry facilities, and a convenience store with 100 campsites available.
The campsite is surrounded by local wineries as well, so, you can take a break from hiking or swimming and try out some of the local wines that the Lompoc Valley produces. On top of all of this, Ocean Mesa also offers spa treatment at the campsite – great, right?
The El Capitan Canyon neighbours the campsite as well, and you’re able to rent bikes or go on guided hikes throughout the area. Since you will be immersed in nature, if you have children, you have to keep an eye on them as the area is known to have rattlesnakes and Poison Oak.
What’s there to do in Lompoc, California?
Back Roads of Lompoc by Harold Litwiler is licensed under CC BY 2.0
The Lompoc Valley is an agriculturally rich area which you’ll be able to see and taste as this area is well known for their wine. In addition to their wineries, they also have a rich art culture which you’ll be able to see through various festivals they host the year.
Of course, if you love wine and art, then you’ll love spending time in Lompoc. On top of that, they have sandy white beaches where you and your children can hang out and play in the waves. A little bit of everything, yet, a perfect combination of activities for everyone to enjoy.
Camping in Santa Barbara
Where can I camp in Santa Barbara?
Santa Barbara Sunrise
Nearby Stearns Wharf
Stearns Wharf by Damian Gadal is licensed under CC BY 2.0
If you want to be located right in Santa Barbara, this is the only RV park that’s in the city. It’s a small family-run urban RV park and is located right in the city centre, thus, you’re extremely close to all amenities and activities that the city has to offer.
The RV grounds has 33 lovely sites to park your RV, unfortunately, there are no camping options for tents. All sites have 30 & 50 amp electric, fuller water and sewer hookups with complimentary wi-fi and basic cable.
Though the campsite does not offer luxury features such as a swimming pool, its location makes up for it. It’s in the heart of the city and you can’t have a more central location than that.
You may be wondering about the noise levels, however, the park has a 12-foot wall surrounding the property, thus, it acts as a sound and sight buffer to campers. Around the park, you have grocery stores, gas stations, RV repair services and medical services all at your disposal.
It’s ideal for campers with children or those who prefer to be surrounded by daily amenities.
Earl Warren Showgrounds RV Park
Exhibit Building at Earl Warren Showgrounds
Exhibit Building at Earl Warren Showgrounds by Terry Straehley is licensed under CC BY 2.0
The Earl Warren Showgrounds is a historical site in Santa Barbara. For over 90 years, the Santa Barbara National Horse Show, one of the oldest horse shows, is a tradition that’s held within the Earl Warren Showgrounds.
Now, whether you’re interested in watching the show or you simply want to camp in the showground, the RV park is available to you. It’s in a highly convenient location in the heart of Santa Barbara and close to all the amenities the city provides such as the beach and restaurants.
With a few minutes drive, you’re in the downtown core of Santa Barbara. The RV park itself comes with all the essential amenities such as full hook-ups (electrical 30 & 50 amp, water and sewer), showers, restrooms, handicap access and is also pet-friendly.
Your entire family will be able to enjoy the lovely showgrounds while also remaining close to the beach and city centre. It’s a great mix of everything that you’re looking for when going camping with family and friends.
Ventura Beach RV Resort
Los Padres National Forest near Ventura Beach RV Resort
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A little down south of the city of Santa Barbara is the Ventura Beach RV Resort. If you love Santa Barbara but don’t want to be camping in the city this is a good option for you.
The resort sits on 14-acres of land and is only a 6-minute walk from the beach, so if you have animals with your or children, they’ll love the proximity to the open ocean and the white sandy beach.
It’s also close to the city of Ventura and the RV park offers a complimentary shuttle to downtown Ventura where you’ll be able to explore the city without having to take your car and find parking. The campground itself includes campsites for both RVs and tents and offers standard to deluxe sites depending on your need.
The resort also offers exciting amenities for children and young adults such as a games room, basketball court, swimming pool and hot tub. There’s a little bit of everything at this resort for everyone of all ages which is why it’s a great place to go to if you’re travelling with family.
Have a taste of the Santa Barbara coastline without the loud city life.
What is there to do in Santa Barbara?
Santa Barbara by Michael Theis is licensed under CC BY 2.0
Santa Barbara is a city which is never short of things to do. In Santa Barbara, their famous avenue, State Street, cut through the downtown core and leads you right to Stearns Wharf.
Along this street and the centre of Santa Barbara, you’ll be surrounded by shops, museums, art galleries and delicious restaurants. But in addition to that, Santa Barbara’s coastline is made up of three stunning beaches: Leadbetter, West and East beach, giving you plenty of options for where you want to lay down your towel.
Once at the beach you’ll be able to try surfing, join a game of beach soccer or volleyball or just sit back and enjoy an ice cream cone. You have a mix of both city and beach life right in the palm of your hand.
Where can I camp in Oceano?
Pacific Dunes Ranch & RV Resort
Nearby Oceano Dunes
Oceano Dunes by Teddy Llovet is licensed under CC BY 2.0
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The Pacific Dunes Ranch & RV Resort is pleasantly tucked away in the jaw-droppingly scenic area of the Oceano Dunes Preserve. If you truly want to escape and immerse yourself in nature, then this is the campsite for you.
Whether you’re with a tent or RV, you’ll be able to enjoy the landscape and amenities that this campground had to offer. It comes with full hookups, clubhouse, games room, horse rentals, picnic tables, and a large BBQ area overlooking the dunes.
If you have children, they’ll love being able to rent a horse and ride it along the beach. If you’re worried about being bored, then you’ve come to the right place as this area has plenty to see and do. Though there are shopping centres, outlet malls, art galleries and restaurants close by, you won’t want to leave the campground because there’s so much to do.
This is truly an ideal place to be if you’re a fan of nature and photography or have children. Grab a horse, hop on and take a stroll through the dunes and down the beach, it’s a jaw-dropping experience for all who go.
Pismo Sands RV Resort
Nearby Pismo Beach
Pismo Beach, SeaCrest Resort View VII by Visual Artist Frank Bonilla is licensed under CC BY 2.0
Pismo Sands RV Resort is a family-owned RV park which is located just a couple minutes from Pismo Beach. Though it’s a relatively small campground with only 134 sites available, it’s one of the most well-known campgrounds in the area and a 3-time award winner of the “Best Medium-Sized Park” in California and received the highest rating in the Trailer Life Guide.
The campground is on 11-acres of beautifully landscaped property and supplied with all the major amenities. On top of the essentials such as hook-ups, showers and restrooms, Pismo Sands go the extra mile in ensuring that your stay is luxurious.
There are a swimming pool and hot tub, activities such as shuffleboard, horseshoes or four-wheel pedal cars which will keep everyone of all ages entertained. In addition, you’re close to the Oceano Dunes National Preserve, so you’ll be able to explore the Californian dunes and check out the beach as well.
They also have cottages on the grounds as well, so, if you’ve been camping in a tent for some time and want a couples day to relax and clean up, that’s also an option as well. Overall, the campgrounds are well organized and maintained, so your stay will be relaxing and worry-free.
Pismo Coast Village
Near Pismo Coast Village
Oak Hillside in the Pismo Preserve IMG_0574 by Rob DeGraff is licensed under CC BY 2.0
North of Lompoc Valley is the beautiful Pismo Coast Village RV Resort. Unfortunately, it does not accept tents, however, if you have an RV or camper, you’ll be able to use their amenities. This campground is very well designed and organized with all the essentials you need for a hassle-free stay.
If you’re travelling with friends or family, you’ll be happy to know that there are plenty of activities to do at the resort itself. The games room, swimming pool, mini golf and playground are great activities for your children to do outside while the weather is nice and warm.
If you want to get out of the campground and explore the area, there are a couple parks such as the Chumash Park and Monarch Butterfly Grove which are neat to check out. In addition, you have downtown Pismo which is full of restaurants, shopping, galleries and exhibits.
On top of that, you also have Pismo beach which is stunning to see, especially during the sunset. With a short car ride, you’re able to check out the Oceano Dunes National Preserve and continue your way down to Santa Barbara and Jalama Beach. A great option if you want to stay busy and explore the area around you.
What is there to do in Oceano?
Dunes PhotographersbyAnita Ritenour is licensed under CC BY 2.0
A little up north from the Lompoc Valley is Oceano. It’s relatively inhabited by people as its population is only 7,286 people. Now, with a population so small, you’re probably wondering what there’s to do in Oceano.
However, if you’re a lover of nature, then there’s a lot for you to see. Aside from the stunning beaches, the Oceano Dunes National Preserve will surely take your breath away. The national preserve has 1,500 acres of coastal sand dune and is the only park in California where visitors can drive their vehicles on the beach.
In the national preserve, there are a variety of activities to do such as swimming, camping, surfing, hiking, birdwatching, ride the sand dune on all-terrain vehicles and clamming. If you’re looking to get away from the city life, then this is the ideal area for you to check out.
I can’t wait to revisit Jalama Beach! Next time I go, I’m taking my new camping shower. Don’t have one? See my guide to the best camping shower.