In the hazy distance off the Ventura County coast lies an archipelago, a conga line of five islands that is the Channel Islands National Park and Marine Sanctuary. Born of volcanic eruptions millions of years ago, today the Channel Islands play host to abundant marine life such as Sheep Head fish, Red Sea Urchins and

LURED BY THE OPULENT MOTOR-YACHTING SCENE, a San Diego businessman chartered a 115-foot Benetti for three weeks off Italy’s Amalfi Coast. Total cost: $305,000. “My wife and I have been going to the south of France for 20 years, and we would always see the luxury yachts,” says the businessman (who requested anonymity). “We said