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Fodors Gives Props to Channel Islands
Having just been to the Channel Islands for some superb kayaking, hiking, camping and general hooliganism, I was very pleased to see that Fodors gave this little cluster of islands off the coast of California some due. Even though they sit out there just 20 or so miles from Ventura (which is about 2 hours North of LA), it is rare for the several campsites there to be full…and even then, it's usually just Boy Scouts.
These islands rock. I mean that, too. They're all made of rock. Volcanic stuff, sandstone and guano. Hmm, guano. But they are also fun, fun, fun. We stayed at Santa Cruz island (most of which is actually off-limits and in the hands of the Nature Conservancy), but I've also camped at Santa Rosa. Santa Cruz is the largest of the islands and there is probably more to do there than the others since the sea caves that yawn from the cliff sides make for some epic sea kayaking. There is also fine hiking around all the islands, with some of the best views this side of the Pahokees.
Anyway, t'was sweet to see these islands get some attention…they deserve it and are worth a look if you're in search of a far away place that's not so far away.