The beach that I chose to talk about is Pelican bay on Santa Cruz Island the Channel Islands. The lens I want to focus on is recreation. Pelican bay and Prisoners Harbor are two famous beaches on Santa Cruz Island with a hiking trail connecting them and it is moderately trafficked. The trail is used for hiking, trail running, back packing, educational training, and this trail is open all year round. I have personally done this hike three times and it isn’t too hard. It is a good work out however and I do suggest bringing plenty of water. There are areas where it gets steep and slippery and you have to use the side of the island to hold on to and on the other side of you is a steep cliff face that drops straight into the ocean. When I went on this hike I was with my oceanography class and was taught a lot about the islands and the history of the Chumash people as we hiked. Pelican bay is specifically my favorite because we found this huge beautiful mollusk or snail shells which I fell in love with. It is a very private beach and the cove is really peaceful and serene. We started our hike at Prisoners Harbor and ended at Pelican Bay. I liked Pelican Bay also because it was the end to a good hike and it was calming waiting on the beach to pack up and get back on the boat. Santa Cruz is also famous for its great fishing spots a lot the parameter and campgrounds like Scorpion Canyon campground which is fun for the whole family. On this island you can snorkel, hike, swim, dive, and look at wildlife and flowers. It is a short trip to this island and you can buy a ticket and get a ride with island packers, they are located in the Ventura Harbor and tickets aren’t very expensive. You can take a trip out here year round and it is a great experience for the whole family. There are countless trails and activities to do and with overnight camping allowed you can stay for a few days and enjoy the different beaches and all the island has to offer.