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Feb 10, 2013

What are some Islands to visit in California?

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    Feb 10, 2013

    The Channel Islands lie parallel to the coast of southern California from about Santa Barbara to south of Los Angeles. The chain has a number of islands ranging from tiny San Miguel to the large Catalina, Santa Cruz and Santa Rosa. Catalina is the most tourist-friendly island with regular boat service from the LA area and many tourist amenities. Further north (near Ventura, California) is Channel Islands National Park. This park, often referred to as "America's Galapagos" is rich natural preserve. This national park is known for it's birds and marine life. There is daily boat service by Island Packers from Ventura and Channel Islands harbors to the various islands. The islands are largely unimproved and you can camp on several of them. The popular children's book, "Island of the Blue Dolphins" is set in the Channel Islands as are several fictional books by contemporary author, T.C. Boyle The Farallons are off the coast near San Francisco. Alcatraz is an island in San Francisco Bay. Many tourists visit Alcatraz and Catalina, but the Farallones are hard to get to. Also: 1.Anacapa Island 2.Begg Rock 3.Prince Island 4.San Clemente Island 5.San Miguel Island 6.San Nicolas Island 7.Santa Barbara Island 8.Santa Catalina Island 9.Santa Cruz Island 10. Santa Rosa Island

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