26 PERFECT Catalina ITINERARIES The best things to see + do on the Island How should you spend your day, especially if you’re a day-tripper with only a few hours ashore? Here are some suggestions. Family MORNING: Round up the kids and hit the water at Avalon’s Main Beach or rent kayaks at Descanso Beach Ocean Sports, which offers family-friendly guided excursions focusing on the natural history of Catalina. LUNCH: Grab an easy-on-the-budget lunch at Coney Island West for great burgers and dogs, or Pete’s Plaza Cafe for more kid favorites and Mexican food. Try Antonio’s Pizzeria for pasta and pizza. AFTERNOON: Tee up at Catalina Golf Gardens, an 18-hole mini-golf course that has been a popular fixture on the Island for nearly 40 years. Students MORNING: Jump on your bike (or rent one at Brown’s Bikes) and take a spin around town to get your bearings. Then pedal towards the hills where you’ll find more than 40 miles of bike trails criss-crossing the Island. Pick up a Freewheeler Pass from Catalina Island Conservancy at the Trailhead before hitting the backcountry. LUNCH: If your bike route takes you through Lovers Cove, stop in for a bargain lunch at Buffalo Nickel, where you’ll find large portions of Mexican favorites. Or visit Three Palms Arcade and Café for thin-crust pizza and arcade games. AFTERNOON:Take a dive. Catalina is an awesome snorkeling spot thanks to its rich kelp forests and unique marine life, including the bright orange Garibaldi fish. Pick up gear at Wet Spot Rentals, jump in near the Casino or Lovers Cove. DAY TWO: Put your best foot forward on a Catalina trail. Stop by the Trailhead for maps and advice on where to hike, then try the Hermit Gulch Loop Trail for a strenuous walk or the easier Garden-to-Sky Trail. DAY TWO: Take a glass-bottom boat tour, which can accommodate children of all ages, for an only-in-Catalina look at the Island’s clear waters and colorful marine life. Or try a semi-submersible tour for a different kind of underwater experience.