Santa Cruz Island

Looking down at beach north

Santa Cruz Island

A description I use quite frequently when writing a story about a place we have visited is that it has many restaurants and shops.    It is the case on a good portion of the trips we take.     One such example is the tourist location of Catalina Island which is about 20-30 miles off the coast of Southern California. It is an island that caters to visitors and includes hotels, condos, time shares, glass bottom boats, para-sailing, zip lines, bus tours, and of course food and shops.

However, we are not talking about THAT island, we are talking about Santa Cruz Island.

Santa Cruz Island has none of those things, so, if you need a cozy bed and a nice restaurant, this isn’t the place for you.   This island has no stores or restaurants.

For sleeping accommodations it has designated primitive campsites with public pit toilets and water spigots. Camp fires are not allowed, but camping gas stoves are permitted for cooking.

So why the heck are we doing a staycation on Santa Cruz Island? Because after hearing about it from a friend, I thought it might be a great place to feature for all of you hikers, campers, adventurers, kayakers, and nature lovers.

The island itself is picturesque with its cliffs jutting far above the ocean, its lush hillsides and pristine beaches. Even if you go just for the day, it seems like an exciting and unique experience.

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