Smugglers Cove Boating Knowledge

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Overview

Smugglers Cove is an anchorage located at 34.02034 N, -119.541093 W. Vessels can find protection during moderate weather conditions, with some exposure. There are 0 slips and 0 mooring buoys available. Berthing costs are estimated to be free. Fuel is not available near this location.

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@jeffd23 Smugglers Cove

- "Smugglers gives you an interesting view of the long snakey anacapa island"

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Smugglers gives you an interesting view of the long snakey  anacapa island

@jeffd23 Smugglers Cove

- "The shoreline at smugglers cove looking from the middle of the anchorage"

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The  shoreline at smugglers cove looking from the middle of the anchorage

@jeffd23 Smugglers Cove

- "The northern end of the anchorage at smugglers cove"

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The northern end of the anchorage at smugglers cove

@jeffd23's journey to Smugglers Cove

A Channel Islands FavoriteSmuggler's cove was the very first anchorage we dropped the hook Channel Islands National Park. It is a wide open anchorage with room for dozens of boats. The coastline here is picturesque and it offers a cool view of Anacapa Island in the distance. Anacapa looks like a ...

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Experiences

shared over 2 years ago dropped the hook at 34.018163 N, -119.540724 W


A Channel Islands Favorite

Smuggler's cove was the very first anchorage we dropped the hook Channel Islands National Park. It is a wide open anchorage with room for dozens of boats. The coastline here is picturesque and it offers a cool view of Anacapa Island in the distance. Anacapa looks like a tiny round island from this perspective, as opposed to its normal long snaky appearance. It's one of the most popular spots in the summer, but there's almost always additional room at yellowbanks next door.  In my opinion, this is the second best anchorage on the south shore of Santa Cruz Island, with Coaches Prietos being the first. 

Well-Protected in Prevailing Conditions

Smugglers is a great place to be when the wind is coming out of the northwest. It reportedly offers protection in all but the most severe NW weather.

However, if there is any significant swell or wind coming from the south, it's going to be uncomfortable. It is completely exposed to the devil wind (Santa Anas).  We stayed here during a 2-3 foot south swell with no wind and it was VERY rolly and uncomfortable. 

Landing the Dinghy

The beach is very steep and landing the dinghy can be challenging. This is a spot where dinghy wheels will come in handy. If there is good swell running, I would not recommend landing because you'll have a very tough time getting off the shoreline.  On a side note,  you don't need a permit to go ashore on this part of Santa Cruz island. 

The  shoreline at smugglers cove looking from the middle of the anchorage Smugglers gives you an interesting view of the long snakey  anacapa island The northern end of the anchorage at smugglers cove


Nearby Anchorages

Scorpion 2.12 miles
Little Scorpion 1.68 miles
Chinese Harbor 4.01 miles
Yellowbanks 0.66 miles
Potato Harbor 3.51 miles
Bluebanks 8.04 miles
Frenchys Cove Anacapa Island 7.75 miles
Bechers Bay Santa Rosa Island 26.93 miles
Prisoners Harbor 8.17 miles
Pelican Bay Anchorage 9.25 miles

Key Stats

    Anchorage

  • Lat: 34.02034° N
  • Long: -119.541093° W
  • Slips: 0
  • Moorings: 0
  • Fuel Avaliable: No

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