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Santa Cruz Island

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Address: Pacific Ocean, Channel Islands National Park, CA
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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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Trip to Santa Cruz Island

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... read more

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13 reviews
12 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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 my window of opportunity. We did get to go out to Santa Cruz where we... More 

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Chicago
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64 reviews
60 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 142 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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, and remote San Miguel) requires a ferry of various durations from nearby harbors in Oxnard/Ventura.... More 

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Bowling Green, Ohio, United States
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14 reviews
11 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 caves. Our guide, Billy, knew a lot about the island and the ocean. The wind... More 

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46 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
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 us 2 hours to hike there and 1.5 hours back. GORGEOUS! saw so many little... More 

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Milano
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17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
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 was a farm for sheeps and pigs until 1997. The Park Service, although, is doing... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
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. We hiked multiple trails including the one out potato harbor and cavern point Loop, and... More 

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17 reviews
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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 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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77 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
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 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 January 2017

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

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