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A man hiking the Garden to Sky trail.

Hiking Catalina

In the hustle and bustle of our modern lives, there's a serene refuge waiting just beyond our doors – Catalina Island. Hiking, the simple act of putting one foot in front of the other along nature's winding trails, provides a way to disconnect from the digital world and reconnect with the natural world.

The view on the outside Terrace at the Casino.

What's New on Catalina Island

Catalina Island has new experiences and eateries that are going to elevate your getaway. Take a look into the new renovations, reopening’s and added adventures to put on your Catalina Island bucket list. 

Artist performing at the Jazztrax festival

Catalina Fall Festivities

As the fall season begins to approach, Catalina Island prepares for its many upcoming events. Be sure to plan ahead and take part in some of the most iconic fall festivities that occur on Catalina Island.

A photo of cocktails from NDMK

Island Nightlife

For the night owls and the over 21-year-olds, Catalina Island brings times of laughter and entertainment for when the sun goes down. Cheers to new memories with a signature cocktail in hand and the sound of good music.

A tray of Cinnamon Rolls from Catalina Coffee & Cookie Co.

Sunny Side Up

As they say, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Even on Island time! Catalina Island has a variety of restaurants that will fuel you in the morning for your day of adventure. The restaurants range from a quick, easy meal to brunch and mimosas with your group. 

Two men hiking on Catalina Island

The Two Towns of Catalina Island

Just off the coast of California lies your next Island escape on Catalina. Whether you dream of a luxurious stay or an outdoor adventure, the charming towns of Avalon and Two Harbors offer a getaway that’s perfect for everyone.

A street with parked golf carts in Avalon.

Getting Around Catalina Island

Besides traveling on foot, you can also experience the Island through different modes of transportation including golf carts and a speed boat. Explore Catalina at your own pace as you enjoy this unique destination.

A family taking a photo on Catalina Island.

A Thank You to Dad!

Give a gift outside the box this Father’s Day with a getaway to Catalina Island. Spend time exploring Avalon together and create lifelong memories to share with your dad or that father figure in your life. 

Two women at the Island Spa Catalina

Give Mom the Gift of Catalina Island

Mother’s Day is fast approaching, have you found the perfect present for mom? Look no further than Catalina Island. An island vacation is just what mom needs this holiday. From relaxing spa treatments to off-roading adventures in the Island’s interior give her an island experience that she will remember fondly for years to come.

A family of three playing in the sand at Descanso Beach Club

Catalina Activities Under $25

Great vacations don’t need to break the bank. Catalina Island can give you an unforgettable getaway at a reasonable price. From interesting tours to discovering Catalina’s underwater world. Catalina has something for everyone.

Ocean view of Two Harbors in Catalina Island.

A Hidden Gem

Hidden on the west end of Catalina Island is a secluded gem known as Two Harbors. Where paradise meets adventure, Two Harbors is perfect for a wanderer looking to explore a quiet, charming town.

Alaskan Halibut seafood plate from Bluewater Grill

Catalina Foodie

Become a Catalina Foodie by indulging on signature plates and drinks that are well known to Catalina Island. From the Buffalo Milk cocktail to locally caught seafood, there are food and drink options for everyone to choose from!

A family arriving in Catalina Island

Island Necessities

It’s the night before your trip to Catalina Island, and you’re wondering what you should bring with you. Whether you are traveling during the Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall, this blog will be your guide on what is necessary to bring on your getaway.

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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.