Catalina Island continues to be the best retreat from the busy and stressful city life. With so much space, it is easy to enjoy nature and the freshest air in California. As you start to plan your escape to a peaceful getaway, here are some activities that are geared towards appreciating the outdoors and your own space.
Off-Road to the Interior of Catalina
Catalina’s hidden gem is the picturesque views while in the interior of the Island. A quick way to have this experience is an off-road adventure on a Jeep or Hummer Tour. The tours are all led by knowledgeable guides who will give you historical and ecological insight on the Island. The open-air vehicles are a great way to gain a full view of your surroundings. Many companies are also offering private tours for a more exclusive experience.
Soar with the Birds
The view of Catalina from 800 feet high is spectacular. Jump on a parasailing speed boat and feel the rush of the wind in your hair. The crew will safely harness in a parasail and up you go to enjoy the beauty and thrill of soaring with the birds. One thing you will notice instantly is how quiet and calming it is in the sky.
Kayaks and stand up paddle boards are a great way to see Catalina’s coves, rugged coastline and tranquil beaches. Enjoy the fresh salt air and receive a nice work out while discovering the wonder of the Island’s natural landscape. It’s an exhilarating ride that you won’t forget!
Zip Down a Canyon
Zip through the sky in a thrilling 2-hour experience on Catalina Island. Start off 600 feet above Descanso Beach Club and zig-zag your way down the canyon while taking in amazing ocean views. You will soar through a grove of towering eucalyptus trees on five separate lines at speeds approaching 35 mph.
Hit the Trails
What better way to enjoy the great open spaces that Catalina Island is famous for than hiking the interior of Catalina Island. Pick up a picnic lunch at one of Catalina’s sandwich shops and explore more than 165 miles of trails and roads beckon all levels of hikers. Hiking is the best way to transport yourself to another world where all that surrounds is nature and the ocean.
Drive Around Town and More
Explore the beautiful coastal scenes of Catalina Island at your own pace. Hop into a golf cart and drive around the Island taking in all the splendor the Island has to offer. Stop whenever you see a great view that you want to capture on your phone or just stop and contemplate nature.
With all activities, please make a reservation if possible, to ensure you don’t miss out on the experience. Visit LoveCatalina.com to find contact information for these activities and learn more about other businesses open on Catalina.
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