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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

two children looking at fishes on Undersea Expedition

Water Fun for Everyone

As the temperatures rise, it is time to dive back into the crystal-clear water of Catalina. The Island offers many water activities to make sure your party has a great time.

Group on Catalina Aerial Adventure Tour

Plan your Spring Break Getaway with Ease

Spring Break is around the corner and everyone needs a breather from the hustle and bustle of daily life. From beach time to romantic spa dates, the Island has visitors covered no matter the type of vacation you are looking for with your friends, family or significant other.

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22 Catalina Bucket List Experiences

As we start a new year, it is time to plan a trip to make 2022 extra memorable for any lost adventures or experiences. Discover the hidden gem of Catalina Island with 22 bucket list experiences you will not want to miss out on.

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Holiday Gift Guide

Instead of braving the mall, how about enjoying a little rest and relaxation as you find the perfect gift for everyone on your holiday list? Have some of the hardest people to shop for on your holiday list? Catalina Island has you covered this holiday season.

Father and Son looking out at the ocean.

Fall Family Vacation

Reconnect and spend quality time with your family while exploring a unique destination and enjoying a new experience. Catalina Island provides a perfect backdrop to make a family vacation into a lasting memory. Island getaways are not usually thought of during the later months of the year but Southern California’s temperate weather allows you to have an adventure the whole family will enjoy.

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Fall Fun on Catalina Island

Enjoy Catalina this fall with the beautiful weather and avoid the summertime crowds. The island is host to many fun events and holiday festivities this year for you to join as you explore Avalon. There is too much to see and experience to only stay the day, take advantage of the best getaway deals of the year and extend your island time.

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A Cultural Experience

You may consider Catalina Island a summer destination but there is so much to enjoy year-round. Catalina has a variety of cultural and educational activities that showcase the positive impact this island has had in history. From hands-on tile making to hiking in a historical memorial, Catalina Island has something for everyone to experience.


72 Hours in Avalon

Off the coast of Southern California is an island full of adventure and tranquility. With so much to experience in Avalon, why limit yourself to only a day? Extend your getaway by staying at one of Avalon’s inviting hotels and explore the island with various activities that is sure to make for a memorable vacation.


Waffle at Pancake Cottage

Breakfast Time

There is a reason breakfast is the most important meal of the day. You need the perfect fuel to start your day, and Catalina Island will not disappoint with its array of choices. From healthy to decadent, Catalina has a breakfast place that will satisfy any craving.

Woman toasting with wine

Fall Events

Miss running a marathon, dressing up as a pirate, appreciating a glass of wine or listening to Smooth Jazz? Catalina Island is welcoming long celebrated events back this year. Please plan early as these events have always been popular with visitors and locals.

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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.