Santa Barbara Island
Southwest of Los Angeles, Santa Barbara Island is the smallest of five islands in the Channel Islands National Park, known
as North American Galápagos and home to more than 150 unique species. At Landing Cove, you can kayak, snorkel, and swim with
garibaldi, the neon orange state fish. Note: SBI has dramatic cliffs, but no beaches.
Be sure to: Check out the Sea Lion Rookery overlook to see the barking behemoths sun themselves on the rocks and swim through kelp-filled-waters.
How to get there: Take a private boat, or charter one through Truth Aquatics; 805/962-1127 or truthaquatics.com. For more info, call 805/658-5730 or visit nps.gov/chis.