Santa Cruz Island, Channel Islands National Park

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#104 of 403 in Nature in California
Santa Cruz Island is located in Channel Islands National Park. Put Santa Cruz Island into our Channel Islands National Park travel planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • This was one of several spots on a 2 week trip to the southwest. This was a great location with great views and peaceful tranquility. FYI, there are not bathrooms on the island, just outhouses. Make s...  more »
  • We went to the island for a day, landing at Prisoners Harbor, where fewer people--at least on our boat--were headed. It was a glorious day, with sun and no wind. We hiked to the top of the island wher...  more »
  • We had a very nice hike around certain areas of the island. We were able to observe outstanding view of the coastline from the above hiking paths. The water was very clear where you can view several f...  more »

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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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