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Santa Cruz Island

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Address: Pacific Ocean, Channel Islands National Park, CA
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(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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Lovely escape into nature

If you like the outdoors this is a great place to be. It's isolated and you can see for miles over the Rollinghills. We have been to visit during a time where they had received... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Denver, Colorado
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

If you like the outdoors this is a great place to be. It's isolated and you can see for miles over the Rollinghills. We have been to visit during a time where they had received some rain and the hills were very green and lush. We hiked multiple trails including the one out potato harbor and cavern point Loop, and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Beautiful island about an hour boat ride from the mainland. Wish we would have booked an overnight camping trip but it was windy. The campsites on Santa Cruz were beautiful. Ranger was fabulous and great with the kids. Some great hikes though most of them were a bit long for our seven and nine year old. We started down one... More 

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Bellevue, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Took the Island Packer boat to Santa Cruz, Scorpion Anchorage, at 10 am. It was sunny and warm, a perfect day. Seas were a little choppy but not bad. People were surfing the waves by hanging onto the bow rails as we dipped and climbed and sprayed our way to Santa Cruz. Saw a grey whale on the way out... More 

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South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2017

We took the Island Packers boat to Santa Cruz Island from Ventura Harbor. On the ride out we saw three gray whales and hundreds of dolphins. Santa Cruz Island was green and muddy, so at least in Feb 17 the drought is over. The hike was awesome despite mud that make impressive ankle weights and somewhat slippery on uphill climbs.... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017

Great hikes, beautiful cliffs, lots of wildlife, dolphin, whales, shearwaters, local birds and foxes a plenty.

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Emery, South Dakota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017

This island is part of the Channel Islands National Park. It is only accessible by ferry boat from Island Backpackers or by private boat. There are a few small tent campgrounds. They were even in use in January when I visited. The island has no human residents except a few National Park Rangers. There is no food available on the... More 

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Ripon, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017 via mobile

I camped for two days which is much too long. Nice place but not a lot to see and do. Keep in mind the price to get ther is high and for a large family I don't believe it would be worth it.

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Hwaseong, South Korea
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016

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 8 November 2016

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 1 November 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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