Back in February, I booked a campsite on an island I'd never heard of. I didn't know how to get there, and I had no idea what the island would be like. I just knew I had the itch to camp and few campsites were available to book, so I took what I could get.
I also had no idea that this trip to Anacapa Island would turn out to be one of my favorite SoCal adventures, and I'll probably be raving about it for months.
Anacapa is one of five Channel Islands, and one of the least traveled compared to its larger counterparts, Santa Cruz and Santa Rosa. The islands comprise a national park, and attract around 30,000 visitors annually, but very few of those make it to the uninhabited and often forgotten Anacapa. And that's exactly what drew me to it.
The island has a total of 4 designated campsites, and during our time on the island, we shared it with approximately 15 other campers and one park ranger. In my experience visiting various campgrounds, I've always found that campers are great at embracing a sense of community when sharing space with others. I found that was even more so when campers only have about 1 square mile to share. Our neighbors were all so welcoming - offering good conversation, camping tips, and plastic cups of boxed wine. We were even invited to watch the sunset with some new friends.
It almost felt like time slowed down on the island. At first I was worried about only having one night there, but one night was just the right amount of time. We hiked the island a few times, stopped to admire the views, picnicked at our favorite lookout spot, and took naps in the comfort of our tent when it got too windy. The days were slow and calm and beautiful. It felt like a world away, when the ferry only took us an hour off shore.
We've already been talking about the next trip we take to Anacapa - we're planning on following the advice of our fellow campers and renting kayaks to explore the sea caves and coves around the island. Until then, I'll be telling anyone and everyone who will listen about the magic that is Anacapa Island.
To see more pictures from our island visit, click here!