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Santa Cruz Island, Channel Islands National Park

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Where to stay in Channel Islands National Park

You can stay inside Channel Islands National Park if you bring your tent and supplies for primitive camping. If you want a roof over your head, you'll be spoiled for choice on the mainland. Oxnard, Ventura, and Carpinteria have plenty of affordable chain hotels, while the accommodations in Santa Barbara tend more toward upscale bed and breakfasts and inns. Places book up in the summer and on holiday weekends, so try to reserve in advance if you visit during these times. Rates also rise during local events and festivals.
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  • We took the morning Island Packers trip to Santa Cruz Island at Scorpion. The hike up the trail to Cavern Point was quite steep at the beginning, but worth the effort. It has some steps and switch bac...  more »
  • We only had three days to visit the Channel Islands. I wanted to go to Anacapa, Santa Cruz, and Santa Rosa. Unfortunately Island Packers who has a Complete Monopoly on the Ferry Business to the Channe...  more »
  • 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 (Sant...  more »