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Address: Pacific Ocean, Channel Islands National Park, CA
Phone Number: (805) 658-5730
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Located off the coast of Santa Barbara, this island is a popular place for...

Located off the coast of Santa Barbara, this island is a popular place for kayaking and exploring sea caves.

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BEST PART OF TRIP-A MUST

Hands down best part of our trip. Even if you just go for the day, it's well worth it and you will have plenty of time for a good hike. We took the Mountain Ridge trail and were... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Rach-SavoringSimple
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Hwaseong, South Korea
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Hwaseong, South Korea
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Hands down best part of our trip. Even if you just go for the day, it's well worth it and you will have plenty of time for a good hike. We took the Mountain Ridge trail and were able to see the mainland, and well as other peaks from other islands in the chain. BRING SUNSCREEN-very little tree cover. Camping... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Took Island Packer's 8 AM ferry to Santa Cruz island from Ventura. 59$ per head. As the landing dock is out of order (since last 11 months), it will be a wet landing to the rocky beach. And these people (from Island packer's) are doing a great job with extra care (taking 6 people at a time in a rubber... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016 via mobile

We spent the day on Santa Cruz Island and had a great day of hiking. The views are stunning and the wildlife is wonderful. The Santa Cruz Island fox is so beautiful. The crew on the ferry are excellent stopping to show wildlife.......seals and dolphins. Highly recommended for a wonderful day outdoors.

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Irvine, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

We visited the island on October 27, 2016. The hiking trail to Potato Harbor Road was well worth it. The trail would be a hard one for the summer time since there was little shade along the way. The boat rides provided by Island Packers was excellent. The day trip to the island is a great way for a family... More 

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Arlington, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

Great place to visit. I expected a flush area due to the ocean setting, but very desert like and dry, but still beautiful. All of us need to share our national parks.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

I visited for 3 days in October. I've read the other reviews and mostly agree. It's a desert island that's dry and dusty in the fall. Hiking is fun but it's hot with practically no shade on the trails so bring lots of water from Scorpion Anchorage. But the main attraction are the ocean activities, so do some kayaking or... More 

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Thank Tanner78
San Diego
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016

I was fascinated by the idea of visiting the Channel Islands ever since I read about it in a travel magazine. Wasn't sure how much to expect since there was a 4 year old involved and since the boats seemed to be docking a mile from shore. Safety, energy and food were concerns. So here's what we did to smoothen... More 

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Escondido, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016

Not rated at the top of my National Park list, but still an adventure. Fairly easy hikes for a day trip, really about 4-5 hrs once you get off the boat and back in time to reboard. Landed at Scorpion Ranch and had a hour tour with a Ranger which ended at Cavern Point, to learn about the history, plants... More 

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Moorpark, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2016 via mobile

Santa Cruz was amazing. We took a kayak tour with Aquasports and ventured through some magnificent sea caves which reminded me of parts of Kauai's Napali Coast. The water visibility was about 20 feet where you could see schools of fish. We saw a lot of sea lions and marine birds as well. The island offers some good hiking, too.... More 

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San Luis Obispo, CA
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2016

Sites at Scorpion Ranch campground are very close together & quiet time is not enforced. Rangers should do rounds after dark. I slept very little due to some people at the next site. They ranted for hours, then again at 12:30 am, then again at 2:30 am.... Very little to do at Santa Cruz. I hiked 16 miles, took a... More 

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