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Santa Cruz Island
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Santa Cruz Island

Santa Cruz Island is the largest of the California Channel Islands located off the coast of Southern California. It is situated approximately 22 miles off the mainland and is part of the five islands that make up the Channel Islands National Park. Santa Cruz Island is the only island in the chain that is privately owned.

Santa Cruz Island is approximately 96 square miles in size, making it the largest of the islands. It has a rugged terrain with steep canyons, high peaks, and a variety of habitats. The highest point on the island is Devils Peak at 2,400 feet. The island is home to a variety of flora and fauna, including endemic species such as the island fox, island scrub jay, and the Santa Cruz Island bush mallow.

The Chumash people were the first to inhabit Santa Cruz Island and are believed to have been living on the island for over 10,000 years. In the early 1800s, the island was used as a ranching operation by the Mexican government. Later, the island was used for farming and ranching by the American government. Today, the island is privately owned by the Nature Conservancy.

Santa Cruz Island has a rich history and has played an important role in the development of California. In 1835, the island was used as a base for the Mexican Navy during the Battle of Santa Cruz Island. During World War II, the island was used as a training base for the United States Navy. In the 1970s, the island was used as a filming location for the movie Jaws.

Today, Santa Cruz Island is a popular tourist destination. Visitors can explore the island’s rugged terrain, take in the breathtaking views, and observe the abundant wildlife. The island is also home to a variety of activities such as kayaking, snorkeling, and camping.

Excursion tips for a day in Santa Cruz Island

As a tourist in Santa Cruz Island in the USA, you can enjoy a variety of activities in the great outdoors. Here are some ideas for a day trip to the island:

1. Go for a hike in one of the island's many nature reserves, such as the Santa Cruz Island Reserve or the Santa Cruz Island National Park.

2. Visit the Santa Cruz Island Scenic Lookout for spectacular views of the island, the Pacific Ocean, and the Channel Islands.

3. Go bird watching and spot some of the island's many species of birds.

4. Take a boat tour around the island and explore the many coves and beaches.

5. Visit the Santa Cruz Island Historical Park and learn about the island's unique history.

6. Go kayaking and explore the island's many coves and inlets.

7. Spend the day at one of the island's many beaches, such as Pelican Beach or Scorpion Beach.

8. Visit the Santa Cruz Island Nature Center and learn about the island's unique flora and fauna.

9. Take a surf lesson and learn to ride the waves.

10. Visit the Santa Cruz Island Winery and sample some of the island's unique wines.

Experience Santa Cruz Island with unforgettable activities by our partner GetYourGuide. The offer is also ideal as a special gift idea for family and friends who are planning to visit Santa Cruz Island. Cancellations are possible up to 24h before the start of the activity (unless otherwise stated in the activity description), with a full refund of the booking price.

The climate in Santa Cruz Island

Santa Cruz Island in the USA experiences a Mediterranean climate with mild temperatures year-round. In the winter months, temperatures range from the mid-50s to mid-60s Fahrenheit, while in the summer months, temperatures range from the mid-60s to mid-70s Fahrenheit. During the spring, the island blooms with wildflowers, while the summer months bring foggy mornings and sunny afternoons. In the fall, temperatures drop and the rains start to come, while the winter months bring colder temperatures and more rain. All in all, Santa Cruz Island offers mild temperatures and a variety of weather conditions throughout the year.

Cruise weather for Santa Cruz Island

Our weather forecast for Santa Cruz Island helps plan your stay according to the weather. For sunny days, pack light and breathable clothes, swimwear, and sunscreen. For winter weather, it's recommended to bring warm clothes, gloves, a hat, sturdy footwear, and a raincoat.

Date Icon Temperature Wind speed/gusts Cloudiness/Visibility Air humidity/pressure Sunrise/Sunset
Jul. 14th 2024 Jul. 14th 2024 max: 23.9 °C
min: 13.9 °C
14.4 m/s
19.8 m/s
57.0 %
11.9 m
82.7 %
1,015 hPa
Jul. 15th 2024 Jul. 15th 2024 max: 21.2 °C
min: 14.5 °C
18.7 m/s
26.6 m/s
31.3 %
24.1 m
83.0 %
1,014 hPa
Jul. 16th 2024 Jul. 16th 2024 max: 20.9 °C
min: 14.6 °C
18.7 m/s
24.5 m/s
29.9 %
24.1 m
82.4 %
1,014 hPa
Jul. 17th 2024 Jul. 17th 2024 max: 21.0 °C
min: 14.1 °C
18.7 m/s
24.1 m/s
37.5 %
24.1 m
81.0 %
1,014 hPa
Jul. 18th 2024 Jul. 18th 2024 max: 21.7 °C
min: 14.5 °C
17.6 m/s
24.8 m/s
31.9 %
24.1 m
80.4 %
1,013 hPa
Jul. 19th 2024 Jul. 19th 2024 max: 21.4 °C
min: 14.9 °C
23.8 m/s
40.7 m/s
42.7 %
24.1 m
78.4 %
1,012 hPa
Jul. 20th 2024 Jul. 20th 2024 max: 22.6 °C
min: 15 °C
23.0 m/s
38.2 m/s
35.5 %
24.1 m
68.4 %
1,011 hPa
Jul. 21st 2024 Jul. 21st 2024 max: 23.2 °C
min: 14.9 °C
19.1 m/s
25.6 m/s
4.4 %
22.2 m
72.2 %
1,012 hPa
Jul. 22nd 2024 Jul. 22nd 2024 max: 24.7 °C
min: 14.8 °C
13.3 m/s
20.5 m/s
8.6 %
23.4 m
70.7 %
1,011 hPa
Jul. 23rd 2024 Jul. 23rd 2024 max: 25.9 °C
min: 17.6 °C
12.2 m/s
17.6 m/s
24.9 %
24.1 m
73.1 %
1,012 hPa
Jul. 24th 2024 Jul. 24th 2024 max: 26.2 °C
min: 17.8 °C
12.2 m/s
16.6 m/s
5.0 %
24.1 m
69.4 %
1,014 hPa
Jul. 25th 2024 Jul. 25th 2024 max: 25.2 °C
min: 17.1 °C
12.2 m/s
14.0 m/s
0.5 %
24.1 m
69.8 %
1,015 hPa

Cruises to Santa Cruz Island

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Scheduled ship calls in Santa Cruz Island, United States of America
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