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Things To Do on Catalina Island

By Viator, November 2014

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Catalina is a small island off the Californian Coast that is surprisingly accessible yet feels entirely remote. A ferry ride out here takes but an hour, but the small town of Avalon you’ll arrive upon might as well be its own Mediterranean country. Life moves slowly here, and as this is the only Channel Island that maintains a permanent settlement, people are prideful of their home and its easy pace of life. Walk the boutique shops, eat some local surf and turf, and watch the locals dart around on golf carts – the preferred method of transportation on this small, sunny island.

If renting a golf cart doesn’t entice you, you can always rent a bike – or a snorkel for that matter. The main name of the game in Catalina is exploration, and whether you’re hitting the bike paths or the water, you’re sure to discover a small Californian slice of paradise. Children enjoy the miniature golf course and the Descanso rock-climbing wall, and both young and old appreciate the Wrigley Memorial and Botanic Garden. There are numerous beaches to explore, and if you decided to grab that snorkel, you won’t be disappointed - Catalina Island has some incredible kelp forests, and its here that the rockfish, sea lions, and Garibaldi (California’s State Fish) come to play.

Avalon houses the iconic Catalina Island Casino Ballroom, the decor of which epitomizes Catalina’s golden era as a Hollywood starlet retreat. The walls are lined with history and art-deco glamour, and a tour here will properly set the mood for the rest of your time in Catalina. Just remember that “casino” refers to “meeting place,” – there is no gambling available, though its rife with beauty and charm.

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Catalina Island Helicopter Flight from Long Beach

4 star rating: Recommended 3 Reviews

Indulge in this thrilling helicopter flight from Long Beach to Catalina Island - the fastest, most glamorous way to reach the resort island off the coast of ...  Read more

Location: Long Beach, California
Duration: 15 minutes (approx.)

From USD $124.99

Catalina Express Round-Trip Ferry Service: Long Beach or San Pedro to Avalon

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 4 Reviews

Climb aboard the ‘Catalina Express’ ferry at either Downtown Landing in Long Beach or Catalina Sea and Air Terminal in San Pedro for round-trip service to ...  Read more

Location: Long Beach, California
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

From USD $74.49

Catalina Island Day Trip

4.5 star rating: Recommended 26 Reviews

Be whisked away to Catalina Island and the beautiful city of Avalon, a Mediterranean-like town just 22 miles off the coastline of Southern California. Travel ...  Read more

Location: Anaheim - Buena Park, California
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $96.99

Catalina Island Zipline Eco-Tour from Anaheim or Los Angeles

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Spend a day in paradise on this day trip to Catalina Island off the coast of Los Angeles. After a smooth 1-hour ferry ride to the island, get ready for an ...  Read more

Location: Anaheim - Buena Park, California
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $249.49

Catalina Island Helicopter Tour

Delight in stunning views of rugged mountains and sapphire-blue waters on this full-island helicopter tour of Catalina Island. Embarking from the island's main ...  Read more

Location: Avalon, California
Duration: 15- or 30-minutes

From USD $149.99

Round-trip Ferry Service from Dana Point to Catalina Island

Climb aboard the ‘Catalina Express’ ferry in Dana Point and enjoy round-trip service to Catalina Island! Enjoy beautiful waterfront views on your 1.5-hour ride ...  Read more

Location: Dana Point, California
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $76.49

Catalina Food and Walking Tour

Prepare your taste buds for this 3-hour culinary walking tour of beautiful Catalina Island. Your informative guide will take you through Catalina’s picturesque ...  Read more

Location: Catalina Island, California
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $92.56

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