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Sunset over Avalon Bay with holiday decorations on the Catalina Island Casino

Catalina for the Holidays

Trade in the snow for the white sandy beaches this holiday season on Catalina Island. The Island is a truly festive place to enjoy the holidays with many fun activities and events.

Man playing jazz music at the Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival with the casino behind him.

Fall Fun on Catalina Island

Fall continues to be the secret season on Catalina with beautiful weather and numerous activities for visitors to enjoy. From marathons to one of the most celebrated Jazz festivals, the Island is the premier destination for your Fall getaway.

Image of live music at Catalina wine mixer

Catalina Wine Mixer

If, like me, your summer is defined by Will Ferrell movies, wine, fun music, and sunshine, or really, any of the above, then you should have already purchased a ticket for the upcoming Catalina Wine Mixer on Catalina Island. If you already did, then you’ve nailed it…. If not, just know your search is over for that magical, glorious weekend that will define your summer. It’s here… on Catalina Island.

Catalina Express’s world-famous Bloody Mary

Catalina Island Bucket List

From its heyday as Hollywood’s playground to a relaxed beach resort atmosphere, Catalina Island has always been a great place for weekend getaways. As a place with such illustrious history, there are certain must do’s when visiting. Here is the ultimate bucket list for Catalina Island.

Two girls enjoying a weekend getaways at Catalina Island

Girl's Trip Catalina Island

Catalina Island will be one of your favorite girl’s weekend getaways with a multitude of both fun and relaxing activities. As you disembark the boat, start your morning at Catalina Brewing Company with a delicious pastry and some hot or iced coffee, You and your girls can enjoy your brunch inside or outside the quaint café or take it on the go as you stroll through town. Be sure to stop in some boutiques to browse the cute apparel and pick up beach essentials from bathing suits to sunscreen.

Antonio’s slice of cheese pizza

Catalina Island Lunchtime Deals

Everyone visiting a new place loves to find a good deal especially when it comes to lunchtime. Take advantage of Avalon’s lunch specials on your next visit. Finding a delicious lunch for under $10 is easy when you know where to go.

Summer beach activities

Summer Time Activities on Catalina Island

Summer time is about putting down the cell phone and reconnecting with your family and friends. Catalina Island offers visitors the perfect escape from the work emails to relax and experience life at a slower pace. While the Island has plenty of amazing tours year-round, there are also many summer activities guests can experience. From Kids’ Fishing Derby to concerts, Catalina hosts fun events and activities for everyone in your party.

Girls on the beach

Tips and Tricks to Catalina Island with Young Children

As schools begin to let out for the summer, it is time to start planning your family vacation. The thought of traveling with young children can be daunting, especially if your vacation spot is an hour boat ride away. However, with a little bit of preparation and some travel hacks, your trip will go as smoothly as a baby’s bottom. Here are some travel tips and tricks to traveling to Catalina Island with young children.

Family by the coast

Explore Catalina Island with Dad

 Trade in the traditional dad tie for something he will really enjoy, an island adventure. Make memories with him this Father’s Day by visiting Catalina, where he can make the catch of the day or relax beachside with his favorite brew or cocktail. The Island offers a variety of activities for every type of dad, so being bored is never on the agenda.

Festival on the Beach

Tasty Festivals on Catalina Island

Taste and sip your way through Catalina Island by experiencing the upcoming festival season. From the occasional wine and beer drinker or restaurant goers to an expert oenophile or gastronome, Catalina is sure to have an event just for you. The Island hosts many delicious foodies, beer and wine fests from summer to fall that you won’t want to miss. 

Mom with family

Give Mom the Gift of Travel this Mother’s Day

Finding the perfect gift for Mother’s Day is always a challenge. What do you get the woman who does everything for you all year?
This year skip the traditional bouquet of flowers or sweater and give mom the gift of travel. Plan a fun getaway to Catalina Island where she can relax and spend time with you. No matter what your mom’s personality is, Catalina has you covered with a wide range of activities.

Parasailing

Catalina Island Paradise at a Bird’s-Eye View

There are many great ways to explore the beautiful island of Santa Catalina, but the most treasured and surreal way is by a parasail ride, just like a bird in the sky. Parasailing has been around for many years in many vacation spots around the world, but it is especially unique seeing the Island from afar, with peace and silence around you as you glide in the sky with breathtaking views of the canyons.

Family with luggage

A Packing List for Your Catalina Island Vacation

Getting ready to go on vacation is very exciting, especially if your destination is on our local Southern California paradise, Catalina Island. You most likely visited many websites to help you plan your trip and learn about the events that will be happening during your stay. Now you are counting down the days to your departure. You’ve booked your boat, maybe even upgraded to Commodore Lounge to treat yourself, and now you’re on your way to get away from it all. Finally, it’s time to pack. What do you bring?
Adventure course

When adventure calls we answer

When the Aerial Adventure on Catalina Island opened, we didn’t have to think twice about trying it out. After tackling the climbing wall and undertaking the Action Flyboarding, we have been waiting for a new adventure on the Island. The convincing argument for this one: they have three levels of difficulty: beginner, intermediate and advanced. So there are no excuses for not trying at least the beginner level.
Basket of sweets

Sweets on Catalina Island

When visiting Catalina Island, don’t forget to pack your sweet tooth. The Island has treats ranging from the classic caramel apple to ice cream with a unique adult twist. One thing is for sure, you will not be disappointed with your choice!

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Daily Boat Trips To Catalina Island

Discover paradise on Catalina Island with daily ferry trips to and from the island. More than one million travelers choose Catalina Island as their getaway each year and Catalina Express' large fleet of boats make the trip in about an hour, operating every day, year round from three mainland ports - Long Beach, San Pedro and Dana Point.

Escape To Catalina Island

Leave the hustle and bustle of the "mainland" behind. Catalina Island is the perfect place to take a break from the demands of daily life. With so many activities to choose from, your visit to Catalina Island can be adventure-packed or filled with rest and relaxation. With its year round Mediterranean climate, it's the ideal place to enjoy ocean air and sunshine.