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Gardens in Catalina Island

Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Gardens

About 1.5 miles inland from central Avalon, this nearly-38-acre park emphasizes indigenous California plants: agave, aloe, Catalina cherry, cedar, island scrub oak, silver dollar plant, yucca and more. It slopes uph…
Museum in Catalina Island

Catalina Island Museum

Opened in a spiffy new building in 2016, this museum has a permanent collection showcasing Catalina's history from the province of the indigenous people to playground of Hollywood's elite – everyone from Errol Flynn…
Landmark in Catalina Island


It’s a nice stroll along the waterfront to the cylindrical, 1929 art deco casino, Avalon's biggest landmark. It's not a gambling casino but an entertainment hall where big bands once played, and it's still used for …
Mexican in Catalina Island

Maggie's Blue Rose

This new, central spot does Mexican standards and cooking with an island twist such as ancho-chile spiced shrimp served with avocado, greens, cucumber and pickled onion presented inside a (wait for it) hollowed-out …
Microbrewery in Catalina Island

Catalina Island Brew House

This storefront across from the water does triple duty: cafe, bakery and possibly California's micro-est brewery. Tiny tanks in the corner dispense brews such as the Island Hop IPA and Gariblondie blond ale. It also…
Desserts in Catalina Island

Lloyd's of Avalon

Like at any good seaside candy shop, Lloyd's makes saltwater taffy before your eyes and sells penny candy by the pound, but – whoa! – how about those offbeat flavors of fudge such as mint chocolate swirl and the rid…
Seafood in Catalina Island

Bluewater Grill

With an unbeatable location right over the water, Bluewater Grill is the most popular restaurant on the island thanks to dishes such as miso-glazed cod, cedar-plank salmon, lemon-pepper-seasoned mahi mahi, chicken u…
Snack Bar in Catalina Island

The Sandtrap

Across from Avalon's golf course and en route to the botanic gardens, this snack bar is nothing fancy (omelets, burgers and such served outdoors), but the authentic Mexican food at lunch is better than expected – es…
American in Catalina Island

Eric's on the Pier

Right on Green Pier is this classic waterside snack bar for burgers (including buffalo burgers), burritos, fish and chips and funnel cakes.