Not only does California have beaches, mountains, deserts and valleys, it’s got several family-friendly islands as well. From rustic to posh, the islands are diverse, each with a unique personality. Those in the Channel Islands National Park are undeveloped. These islands, ideal for one-day outings or primitive camping, offer families an opportunity to explore scenic, rugged terrain. Islands closer to the mainland, on the other hand, are packed with activities, restaurants and lodging. These retreats round out a tropical family vacation with summer concerts, holiday boat parades and watersports. Half the fun of island hopping is getting there by boat. Depending on the season, you may even see dolphins and whales.
Here’s a sampling of the best islands in California.