Visitors to Anacapa Island will be amazed by the rugged coastline, dramatic overlooks, and stunning coastal views. Anacapa is composed of three islets, East, Middle, and West, but visitors are only allowed to visit the East Islet, and a small beach on the West Islet known as Frenchy's Cove which can be reached by boat. The East Islet has a variety of trails to explore highlighted by an amazing landscape, abundant wildlife, and the last permanent lighthouse built on the west coast.
For more information on Anacapa Island, visit the park's website.
A small visitor center is located in one of the historic Coast Guard buildings. The trail system at Anacapa incorporates over two miles of trails. Hikers must stay on designated trails, and no off-trail travel is permitted.
Anacapa Island is only accessible by boat. Island Packers offers year-round service to the island with a variable schedule 3-7 days per week. Travel time from Ventura and Oxnard Harbors is approcimately 1 hour. Visitors must climb from the boat up a steel-rung ladder to a dock. Once ashore, visitors must climb 157 stairs to the top of the island. Non-landing trips are also available. For more information, click here.
Camping & Lodging
Primitive camping is available on the island. Seven sites are available. Reservations are required and are $15 per night per site. Picnic table, food storage box, and pit toilet are provided. No water is available.
Maps & Guidebooks
To download a free brochure to help plan your trip, click here.
Food & Drink
There is no food or drink available on the island. Be sure to bring your own food and water. Picnic tables are available at the visitor center.
After the Hike: Local Favorites
Moqueca Brazilian Cuisine
Small moquecas or moquequinhas of mussels or cubed shark are easily shared among a crowd. Equally shareable is frito misto, expertly fried and precisely arranged crisp fish.
The waters surrounding the island are ideal for swimming, diving, snorkeling, and kayaking. Fishing is allowed only in designated areas and with a valid California state fishing license with an ocean enhancement stamp. No fishing is allowed in the marine reserve.