Lompoc to Jalama Beach

Frank PetersModerate

Remote Jalama Beach is a great destination for a bike-overnight. Pack a tent and sleeping bag and head for Lompoc.

How to get here

Take the AMTRAK Surfliner to Surf, a tiny station along the coast, 9.5 flat miles west of Lompoc. Your bike rides free, just be sure to reserve it, too.

Maybe spend one night in a Lompoc hotel and one on the beach? Lompoc has an abundance of small town charms. Sample some the many downtown wine tasting rooms for your first night of this weekend getaway.

Beach camping

Your route to Jalama Beach has no services along the way, so stock up on snacks before you depart Lompoc. The Jalama Beach Store makes the effort all worthwhile – sample the World Famous Jalama Burger.

The beach can be windy and cool at all times of year so bundle up accordingly.

Where to go from here

Gotta head back home? Follow your route back to Surf. If you’ve got more time for exploring, you’re in luck. As you head back to Lompoc divert onto Santa Rosa Road, which takes you to Buellton and beyond. Let this Lompoc excursion be the beginning of your Santa Ynez Valley explorations.


Photo credits: Frank Peters. Video: Ric Eittreim.