Santa Rosa Island
How to get there: Public boat transportation to the Channel Islands is provided by Island Packers. You can take a plane from the Camarillo Airport to Santa Rosa Island with Channel Islands Aviation. Private boats are also allowed to visit all five islands, but private planes are not.
Fees and permits: The day use fee is $82; camping is $114.
Island Packers only takes visitors to Santa Rosa Island between April and November, but it’s well worth planning the trip. This island is the second-largest in the Channel Islands, with beautiful white sand beaches, a canyon creek that runs all year, plus camping and hiking.
The boat schedule is designed to accommodate two or three day camping trips, but there are day-trip options available, too. There are 15 campsites with water, flushable toilets, and showers, but remember to pack extra food in case the weather turns and Island Packers can’t come back to pick you up at the scheduled time. Backcountry camping is also an option, but only for experienced backpackers.