Channel Islands National Park archipelago Californian

Where is the archipelago and features of Santa Barbara, natural beauty and the role of past military outpost of the islands.

Visit the Channel Islands

The Channel Island are composed of a group of eight islands located off the coast of 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 main groups which are divided in these islands. Are separated from the mainland by the Santa Barbara Channel. The entire archipelago has an area of about 260 km with its northern and southern ends respectively represented by the island of San Miguel and San Clemente.

San Miguel, Santa Rosa, Santa Cruz, Anacapa and Santa Barbara within the Channel Islands National Park and in the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary. Among these islands the only one that is permanently inhabited Santa Catalina, with its towns of Avalon and Two Harbors that collect more than three thousand inhabitants in total.

Be noted that in the course of World War II the islands were turned into a military outpost by the US army to ward off an attack of Japan to California.

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