Island Facts: Santa Cruz Island

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  • Located in Santa Barbara County.

  • Twenty miles from Ventura.

  • Santa Cruz is California's largest island, almost three times the size of Manhattan. Approximately 24 miles long and up to six miles wide; 96 square miles; 62,000 acres; 77-mile shoreline.

  • Average rainfall-20 inches. Temperature range-20° F to 100° F.

  • Diablo Peak (Devil's Peak) is the tallest peak on the Channel Islands at 2,450 ft.

  • Painted Cave is one of the largest known sea caves in the world.

  • Santa Cruz has the greatest number of plant and animal species of all the Channel Islands, including over 60 endemic, or unique, species.

  • The island scrub-jay is only found on Santa Cruz Island.

  • In spring 2006 Santa Cruz Island was home to the first bald eagle chick to hatch unaided by humans on the Channel Islands in over 50 years.

Last updated: April 27, 2016

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