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Santa Cruz Island

Channel Islands National Park, CA
+1 805-658-5730
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Perfectly Remote but Conveniently Close

I've visited many National Parks, but my stay at Santa Cruz Island in Channel Islands National Park... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
via_the_bee
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Ottawa, Canada
Wonderful

This was our first trip to Ventura and Channel Islands National Park. There are 5 islands that you... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
d2s1c2j
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California, Maryland
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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” (41 reviews)
“cavern point” (35 reviews)
“santa cruz” (39 reviews)
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Channel Islands National Park, CA
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"potato harbor"
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"cavern point"
in 35 reviews
"santa cruz"
in 39 reviews
"day trip"
in 65 reviews
"smugglers cove"
in 14 reviews
"boat ride"
in 48 reviews
"sea caves"
in 36 reviews
"nature conservancy"
in 10 reviews
"guided hike"
in 12 reviews
"national park"
in 17 reviews
"scorpion bay"
in 8 reviews
"coming back"
in 8 reviews
"marine life"
in 10 reviews
"pit toilets"
in 10 reviews
"bring your own"
in 15 reviews
"camping trip"
in 6 reviews
"scrub jay"
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I've visited many National Parks, but my stay at Santa Cruz Island in Channel Islands National Park was quite spectacular. It feels very much like California, but because the number of people on the island is limited by the number of people who can make...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was our first trip to Ventura and Channel Islands National Park. There are 5 islands that you can visit. Each island will take 1 day to visit. We picked Santa Cruz Island. There are 2 piers that you can choose from, Scorpion Anchorage and...More

1  Thank d2s1c2j
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I took a one-way ferry to Prisoners and hiked to the little backcountry spot called Del Norte Campground. There's tables and not much else. A kinda-private outdoor pit toilet set away from the camp ground. I decided to actually keep going the first day and...More

Thank Jackson S
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Spent a wonderful day with my dad hiking out to Potato Harbor and finished with an hour or so on the beach. Can't wait to go back and do some kayaking!

Thank Lac0220
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Reviewed 15 May 2018

Go here if you get the chance. No place to stay over, camping or day trip only. Island Packers books the boat trips over, taking an hour to cross. Seas can get rough so take 2 Dramamine if you get queasy at sea. On-board snack...More

2  Thank ANonyMouse45
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Reviewed 2 May 2018

I went sea kayaking and hiking here after book a full-day outing with Channel Island Adventures. On the ferry ride out and back, you can see sea-life such as sea lions and dolphins, and the boat slows down so that you can get a better...More

Thank Howard S
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Reviewed 23 April 2018

Book your trip in advance with Island Packers. Pack a yummy lunch and take plenty of water. Be prepared for a beautiful day filled with photo opportunities. If your lucky, I'll see Island foxes.

1  Thank KPinDE
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Reviewed 7 April 2018

The kids (13 & 16 years old) and I took the boat to Scorpion Anchorage on Santa Cruz with Island Packers leaving Ventura Harbor at 10AM and returned on the 3:30 boat. I was worried this wouldn't be enough time on the island, but it...More

1  Thank claytravisamy
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Reviewed 2 April 2018

The island is unique with a lot of endemic species like the island fox. It was great to cut off from the day-to-day hustle and unwind on this beautiful island which has a lot to offer in terms of sea activities as well as trails...More

1  Thank Dhwani P
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Reviewed 14 March 2018

We visited Santa Cruz Island and Channel Islands National Park for a day trip from Ventura Harbor on a boat from Island Packers. We left Ventura at 9:00am and returned from Santa Cruz Island at 4:00pm. We pre-purchased our tickets online for about $60 round-trip....More

4  Thank Susie1028
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Mj A
12 February 2018|
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Response from dmbakerphd | Reviewed this property |
I took the Island Packers boat out to both Santa Cruz and Santa Rosa islands. They do a fantastic job. On the way out and back they stop for dolphins and whales and other wildlife. On our way out to Santa Rosa Island, our... More
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Brianna K
6 December 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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