Learn About Lompoc
Lompoc (LOM-POKE) is located at the intersection of the Pacific Coast Highway (California Highway1) and Highway 246 on California’s beautiful Central Coast. Just 55 miles north of Santa Barbara and 80 miles south of San Luis Obispo, Lompoc is centrally located to Los Angeles, San Francisco and Fresno/Bakersfield. In addition, Lompoc is the gateway to the Santa Rita Hills wine country—home of some of the world’s top producers of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
Surrounded by beautiful rolling hills, Lompoc enjoys a mild climate. Summer’s morning fog generally clears by mid-day. From September through December Lompoc enjoys mild days and cool nights. The wonderful climate is one of the reasons that Lompoc is known as the “Valley of the Flowers.” Just outside of Lompoc to the west lie two of California’s most attractive beaches: Point Sal State Beach and Jalama Beach. These two breathtaking beaches are ideal for surfing, bird watching or casual strolls.
Lompoc is home to Vandenberg Air Force Base and the 30th Space Wing. The 30th Space Wing manages Department of Defense space and missile testing. It is responsible for placing satellites into polar orbit from the West Coast using expendable boosters. Wing personnel also support Minuteman III and Peacekeeper Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Force Development Evaluation programs.