Catalina Island was a pretty cool find for us. We had about a week to spare in Los Angeles, and when towards the end we felt the urge to have a change of scenery and escape the glitz and the glamour for a bit, we looked at the map and discovered this island about 20+ miles or 35 kilometers off the city's coast.
Catalina Island (or Santa Catalina Island in full) is a rugged island that can be reached by either helicopter (if you are part of just mentioned glitz and glamour) or by boat from either San Pedro, Long Beach or Newport Beach. Not surprisingly, the island gets quite full with LA day trippers in the summer, who typically come here to dive and swim, or to hike, bike and even camp.
Catalina's semi-arid interior offers loads of trails, while its mostly soft sand beaches make for a seashore that is nothing short of spectacular - in particular Descanso Beach just past the iconic casino in its biggest town of Avalon (population 4,000) can't be missed.
Being next to LA all that activity of course gets mixed up with nightlife, a casino and spas. The pretty scenery of the Avalon waterfront makes for an unbeatable backdrop to a romantic dinner. [Review by travelindicator]
- Catalina Island is a region in United States. It is situated at an altitude of 1230ft and the best airport to fly into is LAX (Los Angeles International, Los Angeles)
- The main spoken language here is English, and the average English skill is high
- The currency used in United States is the US dollar (USD)
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The Catalina Chamber of Commerce gives us the break down of what to do on the island. The same is done by Forbes and not to get repetitive, but Visit Catalina Island does this too. Oh and look, here is another guide from About Travel about... what to do on Catalina Island! There's always Wikitravel, but maybe most appealing of all is this photo tour of the island.
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