Discover Channel Islands: The Galapagos of North America

  • Kayaking the Channel Islands National Park
  • Arch Rock, Anacapa Island
  • California Garibaldi at Anacapa Island

The Channel Islands of California are a string of eight islands located in the Pacific Ocean off the Southern California coast. This ancient archipelago stretches nearly 200 miles from the Santa Barbara Channel southward toward Mexico. Five of the eight islands (Santa Barbara, Anacapa, Santa Cruz, Santa Rosa, and San Miguel) are part of Channel Islands National Park, and the waters surrounding these islands make up Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary. These enchanting islands and their ecosystems encompass a treasure trove of natural and cultural riches. Isolation from the mainland over millions of years allowed the evolution of unique animals, plants, and archeological wonders, many found nowhere else on Earth.

Home to the native Chumash Indians over 13,000 years ago, the Channel Islands and have attracted many explorers, scientists and historians in modern times. Each island has it’s own unique history, and today, through the National Park, Island and Nature Conservancies, visitors are invited to learn, explore and protect these gems of the Southern California Coast. Walk in the footsteps of European explorers, learn about the culture of the Native Chumash people, the era of cattle ranching, ship wrecks, and modern conservation efforts. Experience and appreciate the stunning and rugged beauty that sets these island a world apart!

Discover the Channel Islands and experience the fascinating heritage of the southern California coast!