Credit: Catalina Island
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4 Catalina Island Itineraries for Every Type of Traveler

Catalina Island Offers Adventure, Relaxation and Memorable Experiences for All!

TSA screenings, endless lines, luggage restrictions and the enigma that is airplane mode—traveling has grown to be quite a chore. To simplify things, hop on the Catalina Express for a 22-mile boat ride to Catalina Island. Celebrating 40 years of service to the island, Catalina Express is happy to welcome visitors back to this beautiful destination. With translucent waters as blue as the Caribbean, a town reminiscent of the Greek village of Santorini and lush hillsides as green as the Scottish Highlands, this gorgeous stretch of land and sea is the premier destination for some R&R. Whether you’re running low on PTO and need a weekend escape or you simply want to get away, Catalina is calling. Catalina Island Itinerary

Catalina Island Itinerary

Family-Friendly Fun: Plan a Trip That Has Something for Kids of All Ages 

1 | No Walking Necessary!

Did you know that golf carts are more popular than cars on Catalina Island? That’s right, all of the locals drive golf carts to get around. Catalina Island Golf Cart Rentals offers four- and six-seater golf carts, perfect for cruising with the whole family. Avoid the walking and whining from the little ones, and rent your very own golf cart!

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2 | Undersea Expedition 

Hop aboard a semi-submersible and let your imagination descend into the deep sea waters. This vessel will take your family on an adventure through kelp forests and underwater gardens, and as you observe the exotic ocean inhabitants, you’ll find the exploratory experience is both educational and entertaining.

Local Insight: The semi-submarine features a fun fish-feeding tool that allows users to launch food torpedos into the water, allowing you to feed the fish from your seat.


3 | That’s Fin-Tastic! 

Catalina’s crystal-clear waters are ideal for both experienced and first-time snorkelers. With the opportunity to observe the fascinating marine life, snorkeling is a great way to relax while taking in the island’s natural beauty. Plus, the friendly Descanso Beach Ocean Sports staff is always on deck to assist in making the experience more enjoyable. If going under the water isn’t quite your vibe, there are great kayak excursions as well. Choose a guided tour or simply cruise the ocean with your crew.

Be a Good Sport: Descanso Beach Ocean Sports offers all the necessary equipment for ocean sport activities. Short wetsuits are provided upon request, and full-length suits are an option in the cooler months.

Descanso Beach Ocean Sports
5 Descanso Beach
Avalon, CA 90704

The Bachelor Party: Let the Brotherhood Unite Through Adventure (and Tee Time)

1 | Ride the Line

Planning a bachelor party? Let’s make it legendary! Catalina’s spectacular Zip Line Tour features five consecutive zips and will take you and your friends soaring to new heights. With aerial views of the island, prepare yourself for two hours of adrenaline-fueled fun above Descanso Canyon and through Catalina’s green kingdom. Will anyone chicken out?! 

Zip Line Eco Tour
150 Metropole
Avalon, CA 90704


2 | Tee up Catalina Island Itinerary

This 2,100-yard course is California’s oldest operating golf course. With a friendly staff and lush green landscape, this nine-hole course is sure to keep the “par-tee” going. Throw on your best Hawaiian shirts to keep the vibes high. 

Join the Club: The golf course was built in 1892, and top pro golfers, including Craig Stadler, Corey Pavin and Tiger Woods, have played the course.

Catalina Island Golf Course
1 Country Club Dr
Avalon, CA 90704


3 | Catch Me If You Can

You’re on an island in the Pacific Ocean with all of your best guy friends, which can only mean one thing: it’s time to go fishing! Plan a fishing trip with Afishinados Charters where all gear is included. Catalina Coastal Tours & Fishing is another great option that offers not only fishing excursions, but jet ski rentals and tours as well! Fishing here will be a memorable experience, so don’t miss out. 


4 | Off the Grid

The last must-do activity for this epic bachelor party is a Catalina Eco Tour in one of the rugged, adventure-worthy Jeeps. With 165 miles to explore, ride on unpaved roads and explore unseen parts of Catalina. Keep your eyes peeled for bison and other wildlife! 

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Celebrate the Birthday Babe: Treat Your Squad to a Birthday Bash They’ll Never Forget

1 | Let’s Go, Beaches

Descanso Beach Club is a beachside bar enveloped by tall palms offering an array of festive events and entertainment. The club is characterized by a layered avenue of bright chaise lounges and cabanas, making it the perfect spot for an outdoor birthday celebration. Round up the girls, pack your bags and just add sun!

What More Could You Need? Different packages for cabanas can be reserved and come with presidential amenities such as a personalized beach butler, TVs and bottle service.

Descanso Beach Club Dining
1 St Catherine Way
Avalon, CA 90704


2 | A Beast of a Good Time 

Take a walk on the wild side and explore the variety of hiking trails and scenic day tours Catalina has to offer. Each of these tours can be personalized with your very own tour guide. This team also specializes in custom experiences; check out their exceptional services, from hiking the Trans-Catalina trail to camping options. You and your party design your own adventure!


3 | Stay Awhile

Book a weekend stay at the charming Bellanca Hotel, which is located just steps from the harbor. The gals will all love this spot and the easy, breezy decor. Pop into The Naughty Fox, the vibrant on-site restaurant, and enjoy a Foxy Lady cocktail while looking out at the floating sailboats. 


Couple’s Getaway: Rekindle Your Love Connection

1 | Bird’s Eye View

Sail high above the water hand in hand with a parasailing adventure! You can expect incredible views of the clear blue water and the quaint town of Avalon. At 800 feet in the air, the adrenaline will be pumping, and you’ll be glad you’re next to your sweetheart! 

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2 | Swim With the Fishies

Rent snorkeling or scuba diving gear from a local dive shop and get ready to dive deep. The Catalina Kelp Forests are full of curious and photogenic fish who are as excited to meet you as you are to see them. If you have never been to the Island before, Catalina Divers Supply offers guided dives and snorkeling tours.


3 | Cliffside Happy Hour

Catalina Taxi and Tours and Café Metropole provide a truly romantic experience with a cliffside happy hour at the Summit and Cottonwood Beach. Sit back with a glass of wine and a charcuterie board to enjoy nature in quiet seclusion. This team also specializes in custom experiences; check out their exceptional services, from hiking the Trans-Catalina trail to camping options.


Plan your trip now for unbeatable offers; save on your stay and transportation with the Boat and Hotel Packages offered by Catalina Express and a variety of hotels on Catalina Island that start at $130 per night. From budget-friendly to luxury, newly renovated and historic hotels, there is a deal to fit every pocketbook and taste. Each package includes round-trip boat transportation on the Catalina Express. Even better, several Avalon hotels offer complimentary continental breakfast and/or a wine and cheese hour. 

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