Anacapa Island: A Stunning Day Trip

Anacapa Island at sunset.

Photo © Aaron Zhong, licensed Creative Commons Attribution.

With a two-mile trail system, East Anacapa Island (the islet that you are allowed to visit) makes up for its lack of extensive trails with captivating sights at almost every turn.If you only have half a day to have your mind blown by the remote majesty of the Channel Islands, I’d suggest a trip to Anacapa Island. The closest island to the mainland within Channel Islands National Park, Anacapa Island is just a 45-minute boat ride via Island Packers, the concession that brings tourists to the islands by boat.

Anacapa Island is actually made up of three islets that together are five miles long. With a two-mile trail system, East Anacapa Island (the islet that you are allowed to visit) makes up for its lack of extensive trails with captivating sights at almost every turn. Some highlights on the tiny landmass include the Anacapa Island Light Station—where you can imagine what it was like to live there as a lighthouse keeper back in the day—to Inspiration Point, which offers up arguably the best views in the entirety of Channel Islands National Park.

Anacapa Island and a lighthouse through the clouds.

Anacapa Island and a lighthouse through the clouds. Photo © NOAA Photo Library, licensed Creative Commons Attribution.

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