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Dine Like a Local

What better way to enjoy a new place than know where the locals go and what they like to order? We asked a couple of Islanders where is one of their favorite restaurants and what do they order.

vintage image of the titanic

Catalina Dives into the Titanic

At noon on April 10th, 1912, the Titanic set sail from Southampton on her maiden voyage. Less than 5 days later, she disappeared to the bottom of the North Atlantic, becoming one of the largest maritime disasters in history. While most everyone is familiar with the basic story of the RMS Titanic’s untimely demise, it continues to haunt history with its dualities of ambition and failure, opulence and austerity, tragedy and hope. Over 100 years after the sinking, the wreck clings to our collective imagination and tantalizes us with a drama of hubris and heartbreak.

snorkeling on catalina island

Water Fun

As temperatures start to rise, the water is calling for you to jump in. Catalina Island has just what you need to get back to immerse yourself in the beauty of the Island's underwater wonders. Whether you decide to completely go underwater or just enjoy being on the water, Catalina Island has an activity just for you. Here is a list of a few activities the Island has to offer to help you get started.
photo credit: Kevin Jantzer

Two Harbors with its clear water and open nature scenery

Two Harbors: The Perfect Weekend Getaway

As we start to venture out into the world its best to start with a local getaway.  Two Harbors is a hidden gem in Southern CA that is so worth exploring, especially if you love the outdoors. It’s a place you can disconnect from your phone and get back to nature. There are plenty of activities to keep you heart pumping or plenty of opportunities to relax.

Family enjoying their rented golf cart on catalina island

Family Fun

Create lasting and meaningful memories when you explore Catalina Island. Plan your next family getaway with the best activities for all kids.

jeep tour on the backroads of catalina

Great Outdoor Experiences

As you begin to plan you next vacation, Catalina Island is a great place to start. Located just an hour away from the Southern California coast it continues to be a retreat from city life. With so much open space, it is easy to enjoy nature and the freshest air in California. Here are some activities that are geared towards appreciating the outdoors and your own space.

Couple overlooking the Avalon Harbor on their golf cart tour

Couples Getaway

Whether you have been together for 30 years or this is your first trip as a couple, Catalina provides the right atmosphere to bring you and your special someone closer together. If this is both your first time visiting Catalina, below are some helpful recommendations to start the planning process.

View of Avalon Harbor and the Casino

Catalina Island Historical Sites

Catalina Island – Avalon specifically – has been in the tourism business since 1887 when the first pier and hotel were constructed by George Shatto. Though the island and Avalon have changed over the years and there have been numerous upgrades to what is offered to visitors, it still boasts multiple historic sites and landmarks.

Family next to golf cart overlooking the ocean.

Fall Fun on Catalina

Catalina Island is known as a great summertime destination, but fall is the secret season with the best deals and less crowding giving you more space to roam. The lovely fall weather on Catalina Island allows you to do a variety of different activities that are fun for everyone.

Man and woman sitting inside a tent overlooking the ocean.

Camping in Two Harbors

Two Harbors is a hidden gem in Southern CA where you can put your phone away to disconnect and enjoy the world around you. This outdoor destination has one restaurant and one general store to provide you with all the essentials. If you want to explore this part of Catalina, here is a guide to help you plan your getaway.
2 girls kayaking on the ocean

Outdoor Adventures

Adventure awaits on Catalina by land and sea. The Island has so much open space to rediscover being outside again. As you start planning your next getaway, check out a couple popular excursions that visitors enjoy at their favorite local paradise.
Buffalo Milks in Two Harbors

Cheers on Catalina Island

Catalina is a special place where you can put your toes in the sand and enjoy a delicious drink with your meal. Now with many restaurants setting up on the beach for dinner, there are so many possibilities. From healthy to indulgent, Catalina Island has variety of drinks for any occasion.

Two guys hiking on Catalina

Unique Outdoor Getaways

As you plan a trip to enjoy the outdoors again, Catalina offers unique experiences that will allow you to explore the natural beauty of the Island. Whether you are looking for a day trip or staying overnight, there are various activities to make a getaway to remember.

Entrance to Catalina Sea and Air Terminal

The Catalina Sea and Air Terminal

Your Catalina adventure doesn’t begin on the Island but before you board the boat. Opened in the summer of 2012 just steps from the original San Pedro terminal, the Catalina Sea and Air Terminal is an architectural gem on the Port of Los Angeles waterfront that should be explored.

Couple enjoying Descanso Beach Club

Unwind on Catalina Island

Life can be very stressful and we all need time to unwind every once in a while. Catalina Island is the perfect place to take it easy and let your body and mind recharge. Take a trip to paradise and enjoy some tranquility that only being on “Island Time” can offer.

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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.