Channel Islands National Park: The “Galapagos of North America”

Photo: @Brandon Beech/NPS

Channel Islands National Park is one of California’s most remarkable places. Known as the "Galapagos of North America," the islands are a wonderland for outdoor enthusiasts.

Photo: @Brandon Beech/NPS

Although getting to this national park requires some planning, the trip is a great way to experience coastal southern California. Here is a closer look at exploring the Channel Islands’ unique environment.

Photo: @Brandon Beech/NPS

This beautiful archipelago is located off the coast of southern California near Los Angeles and encompasses five remarkable islands, Santa Cruz, Santa Rosa, Anacapa, San Miguel, and Santa Barbara.

Photo: @Brandon Beech/NPS

How To Get to Channel Islands National Park

The only way to get to the national park is by boat. Visitors can reach the islands via private charters or park concessionaire boats through Island Packers Cruises out of Ventura Harbor.

Photo: @Brandon Beech/NPS

Each season has unique charms. Winter is a great time to spot migrating gray whales, and fall is excellent for kayaking, snorkeling, and swimming. Summer is the busiest time of year, with many folks camping and Spring is when wildflowers start to bloom.

When to Visit 

Photo: @Brandon Beech/NPS

Kayaking

Things To Do

Visitors can explore beautiful sea caves, and it is a fantastic place for paddlers of all levels. There are no kayak rentals on the island, but you can book a sea kayaking tour.

Photo: @Brandon Beech/NPS

Camping under the stars on a secluded island is an experience you won’t soon forget. Visitors can camp on any of the islands, but each has a unique setup and, in some cases, challenges.

Camping

Photo: @Brandon Beech/NPS

Channel Islands National Park has spectacular hiking opportunities that showcase the area’s unique natural features. Part of the allure of Santa Rosa Island is excellent hiking.

Hiking

Photo: @Brandon Beech/NPS

Swipe up to read the full post!

Photo: @Brandon Beech/NPS