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Two men hiking on Catalina Island

Island Fun

With the year-round Mediterranean climate, Catalina Island is the perfect place to visit during your next getaway. Explore the wonders of the Island’s interior with some breathtaking views or step back in time with a visit to Catalina Museum for Art & History. There are so many activities to do during this time of year.

Casino lit up for Christmas

A Catalina Holiday Season

With the holidays just around the corner, it’s time to get into the spirit the best way we know how: Island-style! Catalina Island offers many different ways to celebrate during the season. Events such as the Tree Lighting, Shop Catalina, a Holiday Concert, and New Year’s celebrations that will bring the whole family holiday joy. 

group of people running a marathon

Run Catalina Island

Catalina Island is known for its wonderful hiking trails but if you have a bit of a competitive spirit kick it up a notch with some great races throughout the year. Catalina Island serves as the perfect backdrop for any running enthusiast. From the experienced runner to the enthusiastic novice Catalina Island has a race to please everyone.

Family dining at beachside table

Family Dining on Catalina Island

Finding a place where the whole family can find something to enjoy can be difficult, especially on vacation. Avalon has you covered with many great restaurants that will satisfy the pickiest of eaters.

Musician playin jazz in front of Casino Ballroom

Fall Experiences on Catalina Island

With the mild Southern California weather and less crowds, many would say Fall is one of the best times to visit Catalina Island. From Jazz concerts to thrilling excursions, Catalina has so many activities and events that you can enjoy with your family and friends.

Woman zip lining

Pick Your Catalina Experience

Vacation means different things to different people and not all travel destinations can provide something for everyone to enjoy, but Catalina Island has something to offer all different types of personalities. From thrill seekers to nature lovers, here are a few suggestions to customize your Catalina getaway to your liking.

2 women holding ice cream cones from Lloyd's of Avalon

Sugar Rush on Catalina Island

Vacation is the time to indulge and nothing says indulgence like sweet treats. From frozen concoctions to traditional favorites, Catalina has a variety of desserts to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Woman snorkeling

Beat the Heat on Catalina Island

Cool off from the heat with an island vacation full of water activities. From diving into the sea and discovering the marine life to relaxing on the beach with a chilly refreshment, your Catalina getaway is calling.

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Cocktails with an Island Twist

Nothing says vacation like indulging in a fun refreshment especially with an ocean view. Catalina Island has a boundless selection of delicious beverages to try, from the signature Catalina cocktail, the Buffalo Milk to an Island brew. Here are a few of the many places you could find a tasty drink on Catalina Island.

sandwich and fries

Lunch Time of Catalina Island

Breakfast may be the most important meal of the day but lunch can be the most fun. Catalina has a variety of delicious places to try for this mid-day meal. From a quick bite to a whole culinary experience Catalina has just what you are looking for. 

Man on Aerial Adventure Tour

Father's Day Adventure

As Father’s Day approaches, it’s time to think of the perfect gift for dad. Make some memories that you and your dad will never forget. From dads who love a bit of adventure to those who like to relax with a cocktail, Catalina Island is the place to be.

waffles with strawberries and whip cream

Breakfast on Catalina Island.

You never want to skip the most important meal of the day on Catalina Island. From spicy breakfast burritos to gooey cinnamon rolls, fuel up on some tasty options to kick start your day.

Family sitting at beachside table

Give Mom a Catalina Getaway

With Mother’s Day just around the corner, looking for the perfect gift can be a challenge. Let us help you take the guess work out of picking a fun present for mom. A Catalina getaway with relaxation and adventure is just what she needs.

Couple dining at restaurant

Romantic Dining

From stunning views to extraordinary ambiance and delicious cuisine, these restaurants are sure to impress that special someone on your Catalina getaway. Choose between some long-time favorites and trendy newcomers to add a little romance to your exceptional dinner.

Couple sitting in tent looking out to the beach

3 Days in Two Harbors

Located on the Island’s west end, this hidden gem is the stuff of outdoor lover’s dreams.  Two Harbors has a variety of activities that will get you back to nature.

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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.