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Girl snorkeling on Catalina

Exploring Catalina’s Underwater World

The Island is well-known for its Mediterranean climate with crystal-clear waters that are very refreshing during this hot weather. From diving to kayaking or just a quick swim in the water, Catalina Island has a variety of activities that will let you and your travel companions enjoy the ocean this summer.

Family enjoy Catalina with their golf cart

Enjoy the Fresh Air on Catalina Island

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.

Two guys hiking on Catalina

Hitting the Trail

When it comes to hiking on Catalina Island, there is something for adventurers of all levels! From the relatively short and flat hikes to the 38.5-mile Trans-Catalina Trail, Catalina Island offers a wide variety among its 165 miles of recreational roads and trails made accessible by Catalina Island Conservancy.

Catalina Express boat arriving to Catalina

Outdoor Paradise

Catalina Island has long been a favorite island getaway to escape from city life. What can you do in Catalina that will guarantee a vacation to remember? Well, to answer that question here is a fun list of activities to take advantage of while on the Island.

Two women and a young boy enjoying time at Avalon's beach

Family Getaway

Creating a meaningful getaway with your family can produce lasting bonds and the chance to reconnect. On your next getaway, take the family to Catalina Island where members of any age can enjoy a great trip. 

Group of people standing outside the terminal about to head off to the island

5 FAQ's for Traveling to Catalina

Planning a trip can be very overwhelming especially if you have never been there before. I am here to tell you that it is so easy to go to Catalina. Follow my top travel tips and frequently asked questions to prepare for your stress-free Island vacation. 

couple walking along the waterfront

It's a Date on Catalina Island

What could be more romantic than walking hand in hand down a beautiful island beach? Catalina or “the Isle of Romance” offers all types of couples the most unforgettable dream getaways and is only about an hour boat ride away from the coast of Southern California. Share a delectable meal, awe inspiring scenery and thrilling activities that will bring your bond closer together.

Avalon Bay with beautiful colors and fluffy clouds

A Cultural Experience on Catalina Island

Discover the history of Catalina Island that has inspired artists and musicians for years. From the art-deco architecture to colorful tile murals, history and culture are truly around every corner on Catalina.

Hiking catalina island's backroads

New Year's Resolutions for the Traveler

The New Year is here and we all know what that means… New Year’s Resolutions. This year, instead of creating a boring list of potential goals bring a bit of island fun into it. See our list of how to accomplish your resolutions while having an entertaining time.

Catalina Island christmas sunset

Holiday shopping on Catalina made easy

Holidays are usually stressful, hectic and dramatic at times. Why not take a break and head over to Catalina Island during the off-season to get your peace of mind and reset. While you’re there, pick up a few items to check off your shopping list. What a better way to surprise the people on your holiday list than with a special gift from Catalina Island. Here are some fun ideas that will knock your friends and loved ones’ socks off. 

Coffee cup from Catalina Island Brew House

Coffee Spots on Catalina

As a coffee lover, I cannot imagine a morning without the smell of brewing coffee.  I wouldn’t necessarily call myself a Coffee Connoisseur, but I definitely think I do a good job pretending to be. Over my trips to Catalina, I have explored a variety of coffee shops on Catalina Island to see what they were brewing up. 

Camping on Catalina Island

Camping Catalina's Backcountry

Want to know a secret? The real magic of Catalina Island can be found when you explore beyond the Avalon and experience the Catalina backcountry. While Avalon is limited to just about two square miles, the rest of the Island extends to nearly 76 square miles and offers an undeveloped wilderness just waiting to be discovered. 

Taffy being pulled on taffy puller

Behind-the-Scenes of Making Lloyd’s Famous Salt Water Taffy

When planning your trip to Catalina Island, you have to stop by Lloyd’s of Avalon Confectionery for some sweet delectable treats. If you have been to Catalina, most likely you have smelled the tempting sweetness of the confectionery from a block away or seen the taffy pulling machine in the window working its magic. Lloyd’s has been handmaking salt water taffy from their original recipe since 1941. I went behind the scenes with Taylor Morones to watch this delicious process of making taffy from scratch. 

two girls enjoying a beverage on the beach

Girls' Getaway on Catalina Island

Sometimes you just need to get away from the stress of life and just relax. Catalina Island is the perfect place to go. Grab your squad and hop on Catalina Express to escape to another world. The Island offers a variety of activities for whatever mood you are in. Relax on the beach, enjoy a hike or visit a museum, it can all happen on Catalina Island. 

Guys Getaway on Catalina Island

Guys’ Getaway Island-style

Summer is finally here, which means it is time to round up your friends and head to the Island. Whether it’s a bachelor party or weekend trip with guys, Catalina Island has a lot to 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.