Things to do in Catalina Island

Things to do in  Catalina Island

Don’t miss the ferry

An hour-long ferry ride from Long Beach or San Pedro, pretty Catalina Island's windswept peaks and remote vibe have long drawn both celebrities and outdoor enthusiasts looking for an escape from the buzz of Southern California. In the island’s main city of Avalon, top things to do include visiting the art deco casino which presides over a harbor where luxury yachts mingle with sightseeing cruise boats. Meanwhile, backcountry trails and rocky canyons home to roaming wild buffalo separate the city from the rustic village of Two Harbors, ideal for a true taste of solitude.

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Catalina Express

Find an island escape right off the urban shore of Southern California by taking a quick ride aboard a Catalina Express ferry. Once on Santa Catalina Island, you can spend a day or more relaxing in the Mediterranean-like atmosphere; wildlife watching on the island’s interior; or scuba diving, kayaking, or fishing just offshore.More

Catalina Island

Santa Catalina—widely known as just Catalina—is a beautiful Southern California island just off the coast of Los Angeles. With rocky terrain, blue waters, and Mediterranean flair, it’s an idyllic escape from the City of Angels, and hard to believe that it’s only a 1-hour ferry ride away. Catalina’s only small town, Avalon, is home to boutique shopping, oceanfront dining, and harbor views. There are plenty of chances to get in or on the island’s stunning waters as well—if you can drag yourself of off the beach.More

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What can you do on a day trip to Catalina Island?

Only 22 miles (35 kilometers) off the California coast, Catalina Island is perfect for a short getaway. Explore the quaint downtown of Avalon with its waterfront promenade, rent a golf cart to tour the island like a local, or go snorkeling in the clear blue waters of the Pacific.

How long is the boat ride to Catalina Island?

The ferry ride to Catalina Island takes about an hour, and it departs from San Pedro, Long Beach, or Dana Point on the mainland.

How much does it cost to visit Catalina Island?

The round-trip ferry to Catalina Island costs US$83.50 departing from Long Beach. Another option is taking a helicopter—it’s a 15-minute flight, starting at around US$300 for a round trip.

What is there to do in Catalina in the evening?

Downtown boasts themed bars, waterfront restaurants, and summertime beach parties. Those traveling with family or in a group might enjoy the arcade, bowling alley, or escape room. The town of Avalon is small enough to be walkable, so you don’t need to worry about transportation when the night’s over.

Do any celebrities live on Catalina Island?

Bill Maher bought a vacation home on Catalina Island—a perfect private retreat, and the island was once briefly called home by Hollywood royalty, Marilyn Monroe. Other famous visitors include Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, and Charlie Chaplin.

Is Catalina Island worth visiting?

Yes—with its quaint downtown, stunning seaside views, and close proximity to the mainland—Catalina Island is a perfect weekend getaway. Whether you’re looking for the adventure of snorkeling in the Pacific Ocean, or for relaxed waterfront dining, Catalina Island is well worth the trip.

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