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Our Staff Picks are your guide to stay 'in the know' when you go. Whether you're planning to hang ten or take five, checkout our blog to find the best local attractions, events and activities to keep you entertained while you stay in Santa Cruz. There's no shortage of things to do. From mild to wild, there's something for everyone here. 

Channel Your Inner Nature Lover to These Spectacular Islands

Channel Your Inner Nature Lover to These Spectacular Islands

November 04, 2019

If you are looking to branch out of the urban atmosphere of Santa Cruz, plan a day trip over to Channel Islands National Park. This park is close enough to Santa Cruz to make it an easy daytime activity, but we promise you will feel like you left the country and stepped into paradise. The Channel Islands are composed of five different islands that can only be reached by park concessionaire boats, planes, or private boats. While this may seem tough, it’s fairly simple to reach these islands with just a little extra planning on the front end of your trip. Surround yourself with some of Mother Mature's finest, semi-untouched work—the Channel Islands are home to some of the largest kelp forests in the Pacific Ocean, islands full of sea lions, and the occasional whale sighting. Let the mystery of the natural world woo you during your stay in Santa Cruz!