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Santa Cruz Island

Pacific Ocean, Channel Islands National Park, CA
+1 805-658-5730
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Unique National Park Experience

Channel Islands is the 12th U.S. National Park I've visited; despite its proximity to Los Angeles... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Kayaking around the island

We did a ocean kayaking day trip to Santa Cruz Island. The kayaking company, Santa Barbara... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Cecelia W
Bowling Green, Ohio, United States
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1 week ago
“Unique National Park Experience”
2 weeks ago
“Kayaking around the island ”
Pacific Ocean, Channel Islands National Park, CA
+1 805-658-5730
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Channel Islands is the 12th U.S. National Park I've visited; despite its proximity to Los Angeles, chances are most U.S. citizens are not even aware of this park. A visit to one of the 5 islands (Santa Cruz, Santa Rosa, Anacapa, the small Santa Barbara,...More

3  Thank Panda_Bear_Will
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We did a ocean kayaking day trip to Santa Cruz Island. The kayaking company, Santa Barbara adventure company, was informational and adventurous. They provided necessary gear for the weather. We were on the water about 3 hours exploring the wildlife, marine life and the sea...More

Thank Cecelia W
Reviewed 16 April 2017 via mobile

What a gorgeous island. Our kids are 7 and 12 and had no problem doing this hike. We hiked to Smugglers cove. Absolutely breath taking. We felt like we were in Ireland with the rolling hills of grass. It is not a difficult hike. Took...More

1  Thank Seirshalove727
Reviewed 6 April 2017

Santa Cruz ISland is a really interesting island, were to hike in the middle of nature, but is not that paradise that the website says. It offers really nice views, but is not spectacular. And its nature is definitely not uncontaminated by mankind, since it...More

2  Thank Filippo C
Reviewed 27 March 2017 via mobile

If you like the outdoors this is a great place to be. It's isolated and you can see for miles over the Rollinghills. We have been to visit during a time where they had received some rain and the hills were very green and lush....More

5  Thank Koalatastic
Reviewed 27 March 2017 via mobile

Beautiful island about an hour boat ride from the mainland. Wish we would have booked an overnight camping trip but it was windy. The campsites on Santa Cruz were beautiful. Ranger was fabulous and great with the kids. Some great hikes though most of them...More

2  Thank Ashley G
Reviewed 19 March 2017

Took the Island Packer boat to Santa Cruz, Scorpion Anchorage, at 10 am. It was sunny and warm, a perfect day. Seas were a little choppy but not bad. People were surfing the waves by hanging onto the bow rails as we dipped and climbed...More

4  Thank cavebearagain
Reviewed 18 February 2017

We took the Island Packers boat to Santa Cruz Island from Ventura Harbor. On the ride out we saw three gray whales and hundreds of dolphins. Santa Cruz Island was green and muddy, so at least in Feb 17 the drought is over. The hike...More

4  Thank T9175ZNrogerm
Reviewed 17 January 2017

Great hikes, beautiful cliffs, lots of wildlife, dolphin, whales, shearwaters, local birds and foxes a plenty.

2  Thank John A
Reviewed 7 January 2017

This island is part of the Channel Islands National Park. It is only accessible by ferry boat from Island Backpackers or by private boat. There are a few small tent campgrounds. They were even in use in January when I visited. The island has no...More

2  Thank ROTIP
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Kerstin R
Where did you snorkel? What part of the island?
19 April 2017|
Response from Tanner78 | Reviewed this property |
I personally did not snorkel. I did do lots of SUP paddling. Sorry if I gave the wrong impression. However I've seen people snorkel and swim in the immediate Scorpion Anchorage area and having fun. The water temps were... More
Fahad M
Hi, I will be at Santa Cruz Island just for a day with my 4 years old daughter. Do you have any recommendation what hike I should do? Also I noticed on Island Packers website the boat is going to two places on Santa Cruz Island i.e. Mid Santa Cruz (Prisoners) and East Santa Cruz (Scorpion). What is the difference between 2? I was thinking to do Cavern Point Loop hike and Historic Ranch hike. Any suggestions would help. Thanks, Fahad
4 February 2017|
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I'm heading to Santa Cruz Island for a day trip in a few weeks. I'm looking for hiking recommendations. Any specific pros or cons to any of the trails. I'm looking for views and hoping to see animals. Thanks!
23 August 2016|
Response from CHUMKI C | Reviewed this property |
For a day trip, cavern point loop would be the smallest one with gorgeous views, while potato harbor is a longer one with a panoramic views of the ocean through most of the hike. Both of these are moderate hikes. There are... More