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Spend a Day or Two Taking in All the Island Has to Offer

Written By: Reese Alexander Catalina Island Vacation

Catalina Island lies 22 miles off the glimmering Cali coast, offering an escape for many SoCal residents and visitors. Just a ferry ride or quick helicopter flight away, Catalina boasts a multitude of fun and fabulous activities. Once you’ve set foot in Avalon, you will feel an immediate sense of calm and curiosity, which is the perfect start to your journey navigating the island. Here are five reasons why you should clear your weekend plans and head to Catalina ASAP!

Catalina Island Vacation

  1. Catalina Aerial Adventure

This is a chance to channel your inner Tarzan and challenge yourself on the brand new Catalina Aerial Adventure. If you’re looking to walk, climb and frolic high above the ground among the towering eucalyptus trees, you will appreciate the feeling that you’re deep in the jungle as you zip, balance, step or slide from tree to tree.

 

  1. Island Spa Catalina

Get on island time and relax in ultimate luxury at the island’s only experiential spa, Island Spa Catalina. Island Spa Catalina features more than 15,000 square feet of luxurious indoor and outdoor space for you to relax and rejuvenate as you enjoy epic views of Avalon Harbor and the iconic Catalina Casino. After a day of adventure, your sore muscles will be calling for a massage therapist to take out the kinks. They offer a variety of treatments and rejuvenating therapies that include some the of the island’s natural botanicals.

 

  1. Explore Nature

Get in touch with nature on the island’s 165 miles of recreational roads and trails. A large portion of the island is protected by the Catalina Island Conservancy, and there are beautiful views throughout. For the ultra-adventurous, plan a hike across the island along the Trans-Catalina Trail as you enjoy wildlife, nature, and views that are unique to the island. The island is a prime destination for outdoor enthusiasts who love getting in touch with this stunning environment. Camping is available along the Trans-Catalina Trail at Hermit Gulch in Avalon, and along the trail at Little Harbor, Two Harbors and Parsons Landing.

  1. Travel 1,500 Feet Above Sea Level

Spot the national mammal—the bison—on a biofuel Hummer tour into the interior of the island. Travel five miles of rugged terrain lined with beautiful flora and fauna to view breathtaking views of the sea and canyons as you travel to the summit above Avalon. Tours range from two hours to half a day.

Catalina Island Vacation

  1. Island Charm Meets the Pacific Ocean at Harbor Sands

There’s more to Catalina Island than only Avalon. Venture to Catalina Island’s west end and unwind in a beach palapa, where you can enjoy the sand and sea as you take in the ocean breeze. Sip on signature drinks, indulge in delicious food, and lounge in your own island paradise.

5 Reason Why You Should Head to Catalina Island ASAP