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Directions to Channel Islands National Park

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Leaving Ventura Harbor for Santa Cruz Island i...

Leaving Ventura Harbor for Santa Cruz Island in the Channel Islands on an Island Packers excursion. www.islandpackers.com/ (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It takes a little planning to visit Channel Islands National Park – lucky you found us! Anyway, there are visitor centers on the mainland in Santa Barbara and Ventura which you can easily find using your own car or even public transport, but if you want to visit the islands you can only get there by planes, private boats or park concessionaire boats. That’s why you’ve gotta’ plan it out in advance.

Right, let’s break it up a little before we all start to get really confused – oh oh, too late!

The Robert J. Lagomarsino Visitor Center, Channel Islands National Park

Located on Spinnaker Drive, Ventura, this visitor center is accessible by car, on foot, bus, bicycle, wheelbarrow . . . however else you like to travel. It’s located in Ventura in the Ventura Harbor in California. Ventura itself is located around 70 miles to the north of Los Angeles and 30 miles south of Santa Barbara, so it’s kind of in the middle of the two, except it’s definitely closer to Santa Barbara. You can easily get to either Santa Barbara or Los Angeles by bus, train, private car, and from there you can catch a train, hop on a bus or drive to Ventura. ┬áHere are the driving directions;

From the northbound 101 Freeway – take the exit at Victoria Avenue, then at the end of the freeway head left onto Victoria, then right onto Olivas Park Drive to Harbor Boulevard, at which point Olivas Park turns into Spinnaker Drive. The Robert J Lagomarsino Visitor Center is right at the end of Spinnaker Drive in Ventura Harbor. There’s even free parking on the parking lot at the beach.

From the southbound 101 Freeway – take the exit at Seaward Avenue, then at the end of the freeway head left on Harbor Boulevard, stay on this road to Spinnaker Drive, turn right onto Spinnaker Drive, the visitor center is at the end of Spinnaker Drive in Ventura Harbor. Free parking is available at the parking lot for the beach.

The Outdoor Santa Barbara Visitor Center, Channel Islands National Park

This visitor center is located at Santa Barbara Harbor, California, around 100 miles to the north of Los Angeles and 30 miles to the north of Ventura. You can reach Los Angeles and Santa Barbara by car, plane, bus or train.

From the northbound 101 Freeway – take the exit for Castillo Street and turn right into Castillo, when this ends turn right again into Cabrillo Boulevard, head left at the next signal onto Harbor Way. There’s some city pay parking available on the left and right, and 90 free parking spaces in the parking lot of the harbor.

From the southbound 101 Freeway – take the exit for Bath Street and a left at the first signal light onto Gutierrez, a left at the next signal to Castillo Street and follow on until you come to the end, then turn right onto Cabrillo Boulevard, next left at the signal onto Harbor Way. There’s some city pay parking available on the left and right, and 90 free parking spaces in the parking lot of the harbor.

 

Island Packers Main Office

Island Packers main office is located at Ventura Harbor. Ventura is on the California coast, around 70 miles to the north of Los Angeles and 30 miles to the south of Santa Barbara.

From 101 Freeway northbound – Take the exit at Victoria Avenue, turning left onto Victoria, then right onto Olivas Park Drive as far as Harbor Boulevard, here Olivas Park Drive runs onto Spinnaker Drive. Turn right onto Spinnaker Drive and follow the signs for “Islands Tours / Island Packers” on the right past the Ventura Harbor Village shopping area. Turn right at the sign, there’s free parking just so long as you stay clear of the 20 minute zones.

From 101 Freeway southbound – Take the exit at Seaward Avenue, then turn left onto Harbor Boulevard and proceed on Harbor to Spinnaker Drive. Follow the signs for “Islands Tours / Island Packers” on the right past the Ventura Harbor Village shopping are. Turn right at the sign, there’s free parking just so long as you stay clear of the 20 minute zones.

 

Island Packers Satellite Office

There’s also an Island Packers Satellite Office located at Channel Islands Harbor, 3600 S. Harbor Boulevard, Oxnard, California. Oxnard is around 65 miles to the north of Los Angeles and 35 miles to the south of Santa Barbara.

From 101 Freeway northbound – take the exit for Victoria Avenue, then turn left onto Victoria and carry on to Channel Islands Boulevard, where you need to turn right and go over the bridge to Harbor Boulevard. Turn left on Harbor Boulevard and carry on until you see the sign for “Marine Emporium” to the left, turn left and take a space in the free parking lot. The office is in a large gray building on the south side.

From 101 Freeway southbound – take the Seaward Avenue exit, turn left onto Harbor Boulevard and keep going for around 8 miles to Channel Islands Harbor. Keep right at the fork in the road and keep on going until you reach the sign for “Marine Emporium” on the left. Turn left into the free parking lot. The office is in a large gray building on the south side of the parking lot.

 

Channel Islands Aviation

You’ll find Channel Islands Aviation at the Camarillo Airport, Camarillo, California, at least you will if you follow these directions. Camarillo is located around 86 miles to the north of Los Angeles and 14 miles to the south of Ventura.

From 101 Freeway northbound – Take the exit for Las Posas Road and turn left onto Las Posas, then right onto Pleasant Valley Road and right onto Airport Way, then left onto Durley Avenue and right at the sign. There’s free parking available.

From 101 Freeway southbound – Take the exit for Las Posas Road and turn right onto Las Posas, then right onto Pleasant Valley Road and right onto Airport Way, then left onto Durley Avenue and right at the sign. There’s free parking too.

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