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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.

Group of people playing golf

Golf Adventure on Catalina

For golf enthusiasts, Catalina Island has a unique course with incredible views and history. The Catalina Island Country Club and Golf Course is the oldest operating course west of the Mississippi. Originally built in 1892 as a three-hole course, this 2,100-yard course now offers nine challenging holes, with two sets of tees for 18-hole play.

Glass Bottom Boat Tour in Lover's Cove

A Long Weekend Getaway

Three-day weekends call for a trip to Catalina Island! Whether you have a long weekend off from work or a break from school, it’s the perfect time to explore the Island. Spend your days off with some excitement, adventure and relaxation. 

Couple walking on the beach

Romantic Getaway on Catalina Island

Sometimes a quick getaway is just what you need to celebrate the one you love. Spend a romantic fun filled day on the Island of Romance, Catalina Island. Here a few suggestions for a romantic adventure.

Jeep Eco Tour of Island's interior

23 Must Do Activities on Catalina Island

Make 2023 the year that you complete your Catalina bucket list. There are so many activities to do on the Island that will keep you coming back. Here is a sampling of 23 experiences to start your Catalina adventure.

2 women at Island Spa

Relax on Island Time

Just an hour boat ride away, you can leave reality behind to enjoy an Island getaway on Catalina. After a busy holiday season, the tranquility of the Island is ideal for a day full of wellness and relaxation. Every once in a while, one deserves to treat themselves with a rejuvenating treatment, relaxing day, shopping or a fancy dinner.

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.

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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.