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Address: Channel Islands National Park, CA
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A day trip is not enough

We took the Island Packers boat ride to get to Santa Rosa and spent 2 nights on the island. It took us about 3 hours to get there and the weather was bad in the morning. Day 1... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 13, 2015
Gergana K
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Troy, New York

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Troy, New York
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45 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

We took the Island Packers boat ride to get to Santa Rosa and spent 2 nights on the island. It took us about 3 hours to get there and the weather was bad in the morning. Day 1: As soon as we reached, we went to the campsite and set up our tent. We had lunch and went off to... More 

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7 Thank Gergana K
Oxnard, California
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11 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

This is one of the wonderful Channel Islands, and it run by the National Parks Service. It is a fun boat ride out, via Island Packers Cruises. Once you get there you'll be let off the boat onto a pier where you'll see the sandy coastline. Once off the pier and on the land, you'll see what once was a... More 

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3 Thank Doughnaa
Calabasas, California
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4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Thoroughly recommend this trip. Primitive yes! But well worth it if you come prepared. Island Packers were fantastic! Boat ride in was absolutely wonderful. We wish we had brought a folded up cart......we had to do three trips back and forth to the pier and campground to get our supplies sorted. That walk to the campground is very, very long... More 

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10 Thank sarahlevitt
Charlotte, North Carolina
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202 reviews
58 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

Santa Rosa is 15 miles by 10 miles. You get there by ferry or plane. Once on the island there is no public transportation so be prepared to walk and hike or bring a kayak. There is nothing available on the island so you must bring what you need - and take it all back with you. After years of... More 

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4 Thank SueMC_56
chicago
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26 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

Used Island Packers to get there and saw whales on way there and back, including a view of the Painted Cave on Santa Cruz. The boat staff was very knowledgeable about the terrain and sights. Read the hiking map before you get on the island (available on the NPS site, http://www.nps.gov/chis/planyourvisit/hiking-santa-rosa-island.htm) to plan your time if you are there for... More 

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6 Thank ChicagoSped
Georgia
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19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

My husband and I spent an incomparable 3 days camping on Santa Rosa Island, among the Channel Island off Ventura, CA. We traveled with Island Packers, concessionaire for the Channel Islands National Park. The captain and his crew and the Park Naturalist, Lisa Anderson,were totally dedicated to the passengers' safety and enjoyment. On the way out, we paused to watch... More 

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11 Thank Off-the-veranda
Ventura
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21 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2013

This island can now be reached via plane through Channel Islands Aviation. Its a beautiful, quick 25 minute flight from Camarillo Airport. The island is remote but there are lots of trails, pristine beaches and restrooms. Over the course of 4 hours I was able to visit 2 beaches, see a Torrey Pine forrest and walk on trails with incredible... More 

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arkansastraveler74
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154 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013 via mobile

Very remote National Park. Beaches were beautiful! We hit it on a beautiful day. It was great! Don't forget to bring your lunch. There is nothing on the island. There is a nice bathroom with running water at the Ranch house though. Great trip!

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1 Thank arkansastraveler74
Ventura, CA
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126 reviews
40 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2013 via mobile

My husband and I went out to Santa Rosa on Island Packers from Ventura. We chose a day trip because of the night time wind (day wind is bad too but doesn't spoil the trip). We had a great boat ride over, spent 5 hours exploring, and cruised along santa Cruz on the way home. While on the island we... More 

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5 Thank SweetPeaVentura_CA
Ventura, California
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15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2012

You will think that you are in some far off country as you wander the undisturbed beaches. Bring a wind breaker

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