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Santa Cruz Island

Channel Islands National Park, CA
+1 805-658-5730
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Beautiful Island, but Some Things I would have Like to Known Before Going

The Channel Islands are beautiful and we love hiking and exploring. Santa Cruz was very interesting... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
JeffnJulie
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Chicago
Beautiful!

This was an unexpected highlight to our long weekend in Santa Barbara! It felt like you were in... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
821sanderson
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Roswell, Georgia
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Located off the coast of Santa Barbara, this island is a popular place for kayaking and exploring sea caves.
  • Excellent75%
  • Very good21%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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“potato harbor” (38 reviews)
“cavern point” (33 reviews)
“santa cruz” (36 reviews)
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Channel Islands National Park, CA
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"potato harbor"
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"cavern point"
in 33 reviews
"santa cruz"
in 36 reviews
"day trip"
in 62 reviews
"smugglers cove"
in 14 reviews
"boat ride"
in 47 reviews
"sea caves"
in 35 reviews
"nature conservancy"
in 10 reviews
"national park"
in 17 reviews
"guided hike"
in 11 reviews
"scorpion bay"
in 8 reviews
"coming back"
in 8 reviews
"marine life"
in 10 reviews
"pit toilets"
in 10 reviews
"bring your own"
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"camping trip"
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"scrub jay"
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The Channel Islands are beautiful and we love hiking and exploring. Santa Cruz was very interesting in terms of the history of the Island and the glorious vistas along the Cliffside trails. The trails were easy to navigate and many offer some amazing vistas. A...More

1  Thank JeffnJulie
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was an unexpected highlight to our long weekend in Santa Barbara! It felt like you were in another world- so far removed from civilization. The views were breathtaking, the hikes fantastic and the quiet, amazing. I would recommend this island to anyone- especially when...More

Thank 821sanderson
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Reviewed January 1, 2018

It's amazing to see so much wild life so close to LA. We saw whales, dolphins, foxes, sea lions, fish. The scenery is breathtaking looks great on photos. Actually, I would't say the island look prehistoric. Actually, there are sings of humans everywhere - clearly...More

6  Thank heckfy
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Reviewed November 18, 2017

Well, almost. If you want to see what CA looked like before it turned into palm trees and freeways, this is a good place. Super trails, awesome vistas, and quiet spaces; lots of them!

Thank Robert B
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Reviewed November 9, 2017

We went from Ventura Harbor, on the 8:00AM boat. Incredible one hour trip! At one point, we were surrounded by about 1000 dolphins! The captain slowed, so all could witness this amazing sight. Upon stepping onto the Island, an orientation is given, then you are...More

7  Thank Susan R
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Reviewed October 30, 2017

This was one of several spots on a 2 week trip to the southwest. This was a great location with great views and peaceful tranquility. FYI, there are not bathrooms on the island, just outhouses. Make sure to take plenty of food if you are...More

2  Thank Ryan S
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Reviewed October 25, 2017

We went to the island for a day, landing at Prisoners Harbor, where fewer people--at least on our boat--were headed. It was a glorious day, with sun and no wind. We hiked to the top of the island where we got views of both sides....More

6  Thank Judith D
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Reviewed October 23, 2017

We had a very nice hike around certain areas of the island. We were able to observe outstanding view of the coastline from the above hiking paths. The water was very clear where you can view several feet down into the ocean. We hiked along...More

2  Thank kansas_traveler38815
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Reviewed October 11, 2017

We took the Island Packers boat ride from Ventura harbor to Santa Cruz island. Just a day trip. We took a naturalist guided hike. You can camp overnight, kayak, snorkel. However need to bring your own water and food in and take your garbage out...More

2  Thank ellie2newjersey
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Reviewed October 10, 2017

We were on a road-trip to see five of California's National Parks. So, we headed to Channel Islands National Park. Neat experience. First, visit the Visitor Center in Ventura. It's a must! Good video and better than average displays. It really set the tone for...More

6  Thank MikeB1952
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Mj A
February 11, 2018|
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Response from ScarletAndGrey | Reviewed this property |
The only way to get to Santa Cruz Island is by ferry, Island Packers, from Ventura Harbor. The departure and arrival times are pre-set, so you have to plan to either stay the whole day or camp overnight. If you want to... More
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Brianna K
December 5, 2017|
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Response from TravelBug128 | Reviewed this property |
Yes we took Island Packers to Scorpion. We'd never seen so many dolphins before. There must have been hundreds of them and they were so playful, swimming along side and in the wakes of the boat. So fun!
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