Introducing Catalina Island
Mediterranean-flavored Catalina Island is a popular getaway for harried Angelenos, but sinks under the weight of day-trippers in summer. Stay overnight, though, and feel the ambience go from frantic to romantic. Catalina has a unique ecosystem and has gone through stints as a hangout for sea-otter poachers, smugglers and Union soldiers. It was snapped up by chewing-gum magnate William Wrigley Jr (1861–1932) in 1919, and for years he sent his Chicago Cubs baseball team here for spring training. Today most of it is owned by the Santa Catalina Island Conservancy. Commercial activity is concentrated in Avalon, small enough to be explored in an hour or two, so there’s plenty of time for hiking, swimming and touring.
The only other settlement, even tinier than Avalon, is Two Harbors in the remote backcountry, which has only a general store, a dive and kayak center, a snack bar and a lodge.
Catalina Island destination guides
Catalina Island Day Trip
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 across the sea in comfort and style aboard the fastest fleet of state-of-the-art passenger ferry.
Catalina Island Zipline Eco-Tour from Anaheim or Los Angeles
Spend a day in paradise on this day trip to Catalina Island off the coast of Los Angeles.