Channel Islands National Park, CA
It takes your catamaran roughly an hour to cross the Santa Barbara Channel from the Southern California mainland to Scorpion
Anchorage on Santa Cruz, part of the Channel Islands. And during that time, the world with all its worries falls away. The
pretty cobbled beach is just a launching point: From here, you can snorkel in the diverse kelp forest just off the beach or
paddle a kayak farther out, past the island’s dark cliffs and sea caves. On the short hike from the beach up Smugglers Road
to the high bluff and the stand of cypress pines known as Delphine’s Grove, you’ll fall under the spell of a sweeping ocean
view and the sound of the wind in the boughs.
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