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Deserted Island Day Trips

Want to play castaway for a day? From the Caribbean to California, these nine islands offer pristine beaches and abundant wildlife.
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Sylvia Dunbar • 2 years ago

Santa Barbara Island NW of Los Angeles, Santa Barbara Island is the smallest of five islands in the Channel Islands National Park, known as North American Galápagos and home to more than 150 unique species.

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