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Jalama Beach
Near Lompoc, California

A long road winds through the hilly country west of Highway One to dead-end at Jalama Beach. There is a small county campground and access to miles of beach. But it is flanked by private property and Vandenburg Air Force Base, so military and private security are often standing by to make sure nobody strays beyond the very small public access area.

Despite being in Santa Barbara County, Jalama is a northern California beach with cold water and frequent fog. Point Conception a few miles south is the dividing point and beaches south of there are sheltered from the prevailing northwest wind, and benefit from north-flowing warm currents in summer. Surfers know that on a typical summer day it is likely to be cool at Jalama and balmy at Refugio a few miles away.

Jalama Beach
See also: Point Conception

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Jalama Beach County Park

Jalama Beach County Park

Jalama Beach County Park offers coastal access, camping, and a small store

Jalama Beach County Park, California

Date photographed: June 10, 2010
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Jalama Beach

Jalama Beach

Jalama Beach is in the middle of a long stretch of coastline closed to the public

Jalama Beach County Park, California

Date photographed: June 10, 2010
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Remote Windy Jalama Beach

Remote Windy Jalama Beach

Remote and usually windy, Jalama is the southernmost of the northern California type beaches

Jalama Beach County Park, California

Date photographed: June 10, 2010
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Estuary at Jalama Creek

Estuary at Jalama Creek

A small estuary at the mouth of Jalama Creek

Jalama Beach County Park, California

Date photographed: June 10, 2010
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Southern Pacific Trestle at Jalama

Southern Pacific Trestle at Jalama

The high Southern Pacific Railroad trestle at Jalama Beach

Jalama Beach County Park, California

Date photographed: June 10, 2010
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