Channel Islands National Park Sights

Anacapa Island

  • Island

Published 01/27/2016

Fodor's Review

Most people think of Anacapa as an island, but it's actually comprised of three narrow islets. Although the tips of these volcanic formations nearly touch, the islets are inaccessible from one another except by boat. All three have towering cliffs, isolated sea caves, and natural bridges; Arch Rock, on East Anacapa, is one of the best-known symbols of Channel Islands National Park.

Wildlife viewing is the main activity on East Anacapa, particularly in summer when seagull chicks are newly hatched and sea lions and seals lounge on the beaches. Exhibits at East Anacapa's compact museum include the original lead-crystal Fresnel lens from the 1932 lighthouse.

Over on West Anacapa, depending on the season and the number of desirable species lurking about there, boats travel to Frenchy's Cove. On a voyage here you might see anemones, limpets, barnacles, mussel beds, and colorful marine algae in the pristine tide pools. The rest of West Anacapa is closed to protect nesting brown pelicans.

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Channel Islands National Park, California, USA

Published 01/27/2016


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