Channel Islands (United States): what to see in the Californian islands


What to see in the Channel Islands National Park, tourist information about the archipelago, natural beauty and role played in the past as a military outpost.

Tourist information

Channel Islands are made up of a group of 8 islands located off southern California.

The jurisdiction of these islands is divided between the California counties of Santa Barbara, Ventura and Los Angeles.

Northern Channel Islands and Southern Channel Islands are the two large groups into which these islands are divided.

They are separated from the continent by the Santa Barbara canal.

The entire archipelago has an area of ​​about 260 kilometers with its northern and southern ends represented respectively by the island of San Miguel and San Clemente.

San Miguel, Santa Rosa, Santa Cruz, Anacapa and Santa Barbara are part of the Channel Islands National Park and the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary.

What see

Among these islands, the only one that is permanently inhabited is Santa Catalina, with its towns of Avalon and Two Harbors which gather over three thousand inhabitants in total.

It should be noted that during the Second World War these islands were transformed into a military outpost by the American army to prevent Japan's attack on California.

In these islands and in the waters that surround them, there is a huge concentration of wildlife that has over 30,000 animals including seals, whales, dolphins, foxes and peregrine falcons.

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