Island idyll, Ventura
Along the Southern California coast, you get tantalizing glimpses of islands floating on the horizon. Well, objects out the window are closer than they appear, especially Channel Islands National Park, where both Anacapa and Santa Cruz Islands are within an hour’s catamaran ride on trips with Island Packers Cruises out of Ventura Harbor. You can take an island hike or a kayak trip, or you might spot blue whales, massive summer visitors to Santa Barbara Channel. Channel Islands: nps.gov/chis. Island Packers: From $59; islandpackers.com. Channel Islands Kayak Center: From $54/day; cikayak.com.