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Santa Rosa Island

Channel Islands National Park, CA
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Type: Islands, Outdoors
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Calabasas, California
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 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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Charlotte, North Carolina
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139 reviews 139 reviews
53 attraction reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
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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Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
15 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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19 reviews 19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
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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Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
3 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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Top Contributor
112 reviews 112 reviews
10 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013

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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Ventura, CA
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33 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 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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Ventura, California
14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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Oxnard, California, United States
14 reviews 14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2012

The remoteness of this island and the nature walk. Want to see how the indians really lived? The guide will take you early in the a.m. the next morning you arrive. Even though I call this remote, there is water and nice bathrooms that flush here. This is the all time great camping spot for couples, no screaming kids, peace,... More 

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Ventura, California
4 reviews 4 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2012

This is a great place for hiking. From almost every trail, there is a view of the ocean. The trails are clean and well marked...they are steep, but not too strenuous. In the campgrounds, the kit foxes are everywhere. We plan to go back soon

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