Santa Cruz Island is the largest of the eight islands in the Channel Islands of California, located off the coast of California. The island, in the northern group of the Channel Islands, is 22 miles long and from 2 to 6 miles wide with an area of 61,764.6 acres. It is a hold over from a time when California held far fewer people.
“The island is three times bigger then Manhattan,” says John Sullivan, a recent visitor, “and you have maybe 60 miles of hiking available through all kinds of terrain. Plus, kayaking too.”