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Santa Cruz Island

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Address: Pacific Ocean, Channel Islands National Park, CA
Phone Number: 805-642-1393
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Activities: Camping, Kayaking
Description: 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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A hour boat ride - we saw lots of dolphins. Great hiking and views from the top of cliffs around the island. Most of the island is not open for hiking though. Educational - early... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 25, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

A hour boat ride - we saw lots of dolphins. Great hiking and views from the top of cliffs around the island. Most of the island is not open for hiking though. Educational - early ranching & native American culture.

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

we spent a wonderful 2 days here. we pitched a tent, hiked and snorkeled in some of the most wonderful waters i have seen. the ferry ride over was so amazing - we saw hundreds of dolphins and even a whale, while from a distance - it was still a whale breaching! if you have little ones or not -... More 

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Lake Hughes, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

My wife and I have lived in SoCal our whole lives and she wanted to go to the Channel Islands, other than Catalina Island - Two Harbors (again), so she chose Santa Cruz Island. She booked 3 days in the Scorpion Ranch - Lower Loop Campground. What a nice campground that was completely nestled in the eucalyptus trees for shade... More 

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Mesa, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

We has a great time hiking, the views were awesome. We took the Cavern Paint loop tail. And followed it along the North Bluff Trail up too Potato Harbor. The views we amazing. We made lunch and enjoyed the view. There is not a lot of shade while you are hiking so remember your sun protection. The big thing to... More 

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Lawndale
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

I have lived in Southern California my entire life and had never visited this island until recently. It is under the supervision of the National Park Service and The Nature Conservancy, so it is largely undeveloped and left in its natural state. Visitors come to the island on day trips or for a camping experience. Either way, you need to... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

We camped overnight at Santa Cruz island. The camp was not as ideal as we thought it would be, lots of kids and family during summer time so it was really loud during the day and very few privacy. I wouldn't suggest it if you want a more intimate camping experience. The hikes were great, and a great little sandy... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

The place was really nice and lots of fantastic things to look at however our guides seemed a little less than able we had a hard time reminding them we came to snorkel and they seem to cut it pretty quick with no snorkeling guidance another camp guide had to help us the offered it but really only offered a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

This was a beautiful island! My husband and I only spent the day here but really enjoyed it. There are picnic tables right on the beach and we enjoyed eating our lunch there. It was basically a private beach!

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

This review is for Santa Cruz Island attractions. My boyfriend and I did four hikes. We visited on July 4th weekend. 1. Cavern Point trail - Short hike from the lower loop campground. This is a great short hike after arriving from an afternoon boat. Note that after 2pm, it gets really windy and the breeze is cool. So, I... More 

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Columbus, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

We took the Island Packers tour out to the island and it was a blast. We had a great time hiking and sightseeing. I highly recommend this to anyone who likes nature and beauty.

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