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“A Great Day Trip”
Review of Santa Cruz Island

Santa Cruz Island
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Owner description: Located off the coast of Santa Barbara, this island is a popular place for kayaking and exploring sea caves.
Reviewed June 23, 2012

A day trip to one of the least visited Nation Park, starts at Island Packers in Ventura. It's great boat ride about an hour. If you have motion sickness problem, make sure you take medication. Though return trip is a bit easier. That said, if you want to enjoy boat ride to fullest be on the outside on lower deck, where you will sight the marine life and spray from ocean (wear waterproof jacket at least). On arrival you get orientation from a Ranger. Do take short hike with ranger and learn more about Island in detail. But do take a hike to Potato Harbor on your own. That is one of most beautiful hikes and you are rewarded with a breathtaking view at the end. Best part is you are all by yourself, very peaceful experience. Do take enough food & drink for your hikes. Goal is to take your time and you won't br disappointed. And you might get luvky and see elusive Island fox.

7  Thank abhay b
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Reviewed June 22, 2012

You can camp on Santa Cruz Island and experience a very unique place, one that has many species of plants and animals not found elsewhere (cute little foxes the size of cats, bluejays double size). The technical term is "endemic". As a horticulturist, it was fascinating. You need to carry your camping gear about 1/4 mile if you stay in the lower campground. We went for a 3 hour guided kayaking trip through some of the 200 sea caves, and spent the rest of the time hiking, tide-pooling and loving the relative isolation. Camp sites are only $15/night, but you must have verified tickets on and off the island (Island Packers has daily boats). We went in February and stayed 3 nights. While it did rain some, it was gorgeous and the campsites were mostly empty. Highly recommended for outdoor lovers.

3  Thank DevaLuna
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Reviewed May 17, 2012

boat was very easy to ride on, back and forth. crew was helpful and had all of the answers for everything we wanted to know. we used the guided trip, no fee, and our guide was great. the price is great and we will use again..T& C

4  Thank TandCB
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Reviewed May 13, 2012

A bracing ocean ferry ride and sweeping vistas make this a great day trip or an overnight campground. And then's there's the kayaking and diving! This place is about an unparalleled effort to turn back 200 years of history by restoring this unique ecosystem. One of a kind.

Tag along as I tour one of America's own Galapagos Islands off the California coast:
http://antoniorambles.com/2012/05/13/american-galapagos/

5  Thank AntonioRambles
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Reviewed April 27, 2012

You can take a day boat trip dan visit multiple islands - good fishing and surfing can be found too.

3  Thank Gregory C
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