Group Meetings : Catalina Express

Group Meetings

Drinks being served at Descanso Beach Club

Catalina Island is the perfect getaway for your next outing, corporate function or retreat. The ideal location for collaboration combined with an array of group activities.

Day 1


Upon arrival in Avalon, you’ll head straight for your hotel whether on your own or with the group to check in and freshen up. If there’s time before dinner, feel free to wander through town and pop into some of the cute shops along Crescent Avenue (or Front Street as the locals call it.)

For the first evening on the Island, your group leader may choose to arrange a welcome reception at Toyon Grill, located on the second floor of the Trailhead. The restaurant and event space is located above the Catalina Island Conservancy’s new visitor center, which faces the harbor just as you come into town.

Food and drinks from the Bluewater Grill
A group of people overlooking Avalon Bay on a golf cart
People on the ropes course of the Catalina Aerial Adventure

Day 2


As your morning begins, take a 15-minute stroll up to the Catalina Canyon Inn where you’ll join the rest of your group for breakfast prior to starting your meetings. The hotel accommodates 120 inside the banquet room of this Mediterranean style resort. The on-site restaurant, The Cove, will arrange a delicious breakfast menu prepared by their world-class chef.


After your meetings conclude, join your team for a lunch at one of the group-friendly restaurants in Avalon. Bluewater Grill Avalon is located in the middle of town and offers spectacular, oceanfront dining.

Encourage team bonding after lunch by planning an activity. Catalina offers a wide range of team building activities with varying levels of difficulty.

For a more mellow afternoon exploration, try Catalina Island Golf Cart Rentals for a self-guided sightseeing tour. Along the way, you will see the town of Avalon, picturesque vistas, deep canyons, quiet coves and an endless blue ocean. Keep your eyes open for any Catalina wildlife. (Reservations are encouraged. Call for group reservations at 310.510.0369.)

For the more daring souls, we recommend the new Catalina Aerial Adventure. This unique and alluring outdoor experience is just a short stroll from Descanso Beach Club. You’ll feel like you’re deep in the woods. As you climb, swing and slide from tree to tree on a series of obstacles. Five self-guided, self-paced courses offer aerial excitement for everyone, regardless of skill or athletic ability. (Inquire directly with Catalina Island Company for group reservations at 877.778.8322.) 


To experience the local dining scene, this night has been left open as a dine around evening, so people can select one of the many culinary offerings of Avalon. If you’re looking to enjoy a low-key night, but still craving high quality seafood, then you’ll want to check out the Lobster Trap. Avalon residents love the great food, friendly staff and casual atmosphere. (Reservations accepted for parties of 10+.) 

Company event held at Descanso Beach Club
catalina coffee and cookie company

Day 3


Pop into Catalina Coffee & Cookie Co. for a coffee or delectable pastry before your meeting begins at The M located next to the Hotel Metropole. Their flexible meeting space is great for conferences, training sessions or formal events. 

If you have time for lunch, journey to Descanso Beach Club where you’ll find a lovely view and delicious food. The best part about Descanso is that you can dine at the ocean-view tables, or have your meal delivered to your beach towel.

Travel Tips

Looking for group-friendly properties? Look no further!

For baggage service, visit AvalonBaggageClaim.com. Schedule a pick up at the dock and have your group’s luggage delivered right to the hotel

Need help planning your multi-day corporate retreat? Call Catalina Island Company at 877.778.8322 or Catalina Tours at 310.510.0211 and they can design a special package for your group’s needs based on accommodation, meeting space, and activity requirements.

An event on the outside patio of Toyon Grill


Toyon Grill

708 Crescent Ave.



catalina canyon inn


Catalina Canyon Inn

888 Country Club Dr.



A seafood plate from Bluewater Grill


Bluewater Grill Avalon

306 Crescent Ave. 



golf cart


Catalina Island Golf Cart Rentals

625 Crescent Ave. 



Aerial Adventure ropes course


Catalina Aerial Adventure

1 St Catherine Way



The sign of the Lobster Trap


Lobster Trap

128 Catalina Street



A breakfast sandwich from Catalina Coffee & Cookie Co.


Catalina Coffee & Cookie Company

205 Crescent Ave.



the m restaurant


The M Restaurant

205 Crescent Ave.



descanso beach club


Descanso Beach Club

1 St. Catherine Way 



A map of the group meetings itinerary

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