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“Anacapa Paradise”
Review of Anacapa Island

Anacapa Island
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Owner description: One of the five islands in the Channel Islands National Park, Anacapa is located an hour from Oxnard.
Reviewed July 26, 2012

If you have the opportunity to travel out to Anacapa Island, take it! It is beautiful, relaxing, the views are GORGEOUS and there is lots to explore!

5  Thank Christine Y
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Reviewed June 29, 2012

Very interesting trip to a place that is very bleak but doesn't look it because of the birds and scrub vegetation. But there's no water and so the birds are about the only thing going. If you can't get up a lot of steps and do an uphill hike after that, don't try it. But otherwise, it's really worth a visit and the views are wonderful at the top.

1  Thank Judith M
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Reviewed June 16, 2012

I took a day trip (8:30 - 4:30) to the island with Island Packers with my 80+ year old mother and teenage son.

The boat trip from the Oxnard harbor takes about 60 minutes. We saw lots of dolphins and a few whales on the way over and back.

A naturalist meets the boat and gives an overview of the island and then later leads a 60 minute walk to Inspiration Point which anyone can join (no charge). The tour was excellent with lots of information on plant life and history of the island (former sheep ranch).

There is a visitor center, patio with picnic tables, toilets, storage lockers, and a camp area. There is no drinking fountain.

What to take:
Water (there is no water on the island)
Good soled shoes for walking rocky paths
Dress in layers because it is cool on the boat and warm once you start hiking
Picnic lunch (no food service on island although you can buy drinks, ice cream, and microwaveable food on the boat)

Best time to visit:
February or March to see the Coreopsis in bloom
June to see the seagulls nesting

Need to know:
The boat does not dock. You disembark from a rocking boat via a ladder and then hike up steep stairs. The cliff edges are steep and there are no railings; stay behind the railroad ties.

On the return boat trip, we passed around the east end of the island to get good views of the sea arch and the beach where there are sea lions.

The day trip was fabulous but about one hour too long. There is a figure 8 path around the island and 2 hours is enough time to walk the path, take photos, and have a picnic lunch.

13  Thank pricklypoppy
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Reviewed March 27, 2012

Haven't been on this island yet, but beautiful to see from boat. Cool rock formation.

Thank WellHelloBaby
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Reviewed March 27, 2012

Anacapa is part of the Channel Islands Park and has incredible rugged natural beauty and interesting sea life in the tidal pools. It is very difficult to reach except by tour boat and once you arrive, there are no facilities at all. Unlike its larger sister next door, Santa Cruz, Anacapa has been pretty much left in its natural state. Come well prepared for some extreme hiking and temperature changes and bring plenty of water.

4  Thank ACK22
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