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Santa Cruz Island

Pacific Ocean, Channel Islands National Park, CA
+1 805-658-5730
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Backpack to get the best experience!

For my first ever overnight backpacking trip, we spent a Saturday night on Santa Cruz Island. We... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Ventura, California
Whales, dolphins and island foxes

We took the morning Island Packers trip to Santa Cruz Island at Scorpion. The hike up the trail to... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Genie K
Irvine, California
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Located off the coast of Santa Barbara, this island is a popular place for kayaking and exploring sea caves.
  • Excellent74%
  • Very good22%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
4 days ago
“Backpack to get the best experience!”
1 week ago
“Whales, dolphins and island foxes”
Pacific Ocean, Channel Islands National Park, CA
+1 805-658-5730
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Reviewed 4 days ago

For my first ever overnight backpacking trip, we spent a Saturday night on Santa Cruz Island. We had such a wonderful time! The visitor's center is so neat and we easily spent 20+ minutes reading about all the history on the island. We spent nearly...More

Thank HoneyLea
Reviewed 1 week ago

We took the morning Island Packers trip to Santa Cruz Island at Scorpion. The hike up the trail to Cavern Point was quite steep at the beginning, but worth the effort. It has some steps and switch backs in the first 15 minutes, then evens...More

1  Thank Genie K
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We only had three days to visit the Channel Islands. I wanted to go to Anacapa, Santa Cruz, and Santa Rosa. Unfortunately Island Packers who has a Complete Monopoly on the Ferry Business to the Channel Islands National Park had nothing going to Anacapa during...More

Thank rebusinessforms
Reviewed 14 May 2017

Channel Islands is the 12th U.S. National Park I've visited; despite its proximity to Los Angeles, chances are most U.S. citizens are not even aware of this park. A visit to one of the 5 islands (Santa Cruz, Santa Rosa, Anacapa, the small Santa Barbara,...More

7  Thank Panda_Bear_Will
Reviewed 9 May 2017 via mobile

We did a ocean kayaking day trip to Santa Cruz Island. The kayaking company, Santa Barbara adventure company, was informational and adventurous. They provided necessary gear for the weather. We were on the water about 3 hours exploring the wildlife, marine life and the sea...More

1  Thank Cecelia W
Reviewed 16 April 2017 via mobile

What a gorgeous island. Our kids are 7 and 12 and had no problem doing this hike. We hiked to Smugglers cove. Absolutely breath taking. We felt like we were in Ireland with the rolling hills of grass. It is not a difficult hike. Took...More

1  Thank Seirshalove727
Reviewed 6 April 2017

Santa Cruz ISland is a really interesting island, were to hike in the middle of nature, but is not that paradise that the website says. It offers really nice views, but is not spectacular. And its nature is definitely not uncontaminated by mankind, since it...More

2  Thank Filippo C
Reviewed 26 March 2017 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....More

5  Thank Koalatastic
Reviewed 26 March 2017 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...More

2  Thank Ashley G
Reviewed 18 March 2017

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...More

4  Thank cavebearagain
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Kerstin R
Where did you snorkel? What part of the island?
19 April 2017|
Response from Tanner78 | Reviewed this property |
I personally did not snorkel. I did do lots of SUP paddling. Sorry if I gave the wrong impression. However I've seen people snorkel and swim in the immediate Scorpion Anchorage area and having fun. The water temps were... More
I'm heading to Santa Cruz Island for a day trip in a few weeks. I'm looking for hiking recommendations. Any specific pros or cons to any of the trails. I'm looking for views and hoping to see animals. Thanks!
22 August 2016|
Response from CHUMKI C | Reviewed this property |
For a day trip, cavern point loop would be the smallest one with gorgeous views, while potato harbor is a longer one with a panoramic views of the ocean through most of the hike. Both of these are moderate hikes. There are... More