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From Zip Lining to Dining at Avalon Grille, Your Days Are Filled With Activities for Every Type of Itinerary

Written By: Michelle Jaco
Photography Provided By: The Catalina Island Co. Catalina Island Itinerary

TSA screenings, endless lines, luggage restrictions and the enigma that is Airplane Mode—traveling has grown to be quite a chore. With a hop, skip and a jump just a mere 22 miles off the coast of SoCal, you’ll land on the local Channel Island wonder that is Santa Catalina Island. 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 hotspot. Whether you’re running low on PTO and in need of a weekend escape or simply want to get away, Catalina is calling.


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

1 | Hole-In-One for Fun

Catalina, also known as “Kidalina,” is filled with a number of family-friendly activities that are appropriate for all age groups. Shaded under strong palms and complemented with an array of perennial flowers, the colorful Golf Gardens Mini Golf offers 18 challenging—but enjoyable—holes and is open every day, year-round.

Golf Gardens Mini Golf
10 Island Plaza
Avalon, CA 90704


2 | Undersea Expedition Catalina Island Itinerary

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.


3 | That’s Fin-Tastic!

Catalina’s crystal-clear waters are ideal for 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 natural beauty of the island—and the friendly Descanso Beach staff is always on deck to assist in making the experience more enjoyable.

Descanso Beach Ocean Sports
5 Descanso Beach
Avalon, CA 90704

The Climb: Need activities that don’t require wetsuits or dipping your feet in the water? Step up to the challenge with the rock climbing wall near the Zip Line Eco Tour base camp! At 32 feet, the wall welcomes anyone who wants to rise to the top. 

A Beautiful Job: With over 1.2 million members in over 200 countries, Rotary International is a humanitarian service organization, with the Avalon chapter restoring and beautifying the island. 

So Much to Sea: Receive 15 percent off adult tickets when you book your reservation for the Undersea Expedition at least seven days in advance! You can book on visitcatalinaisland.com or call 800.626.1496. 

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

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


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.

Zip Line Eco Tour
150 Metropole
Avalon, CA 90704


2 | Tee up Catalina Island Itinerary

Built in 1892, this 2,100-yard course is California’s oldest operating golf courses. With a friendly staff and green landscape, this nine-hole course is sure to keep the “par-tee” going.

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


3 | One in a Pavillion

With a number of amazing amenities, including a full hot breakfast and complimentary tours and activities though the island, Pavilion Hotel is the place to rest up for your next-day adventures. Plus, it’s just 14 steps from the beach.

Pavilion Hotel
513 Crescent Ave
Avalon, CA 90704


4 | Sands and Sea

Departing from the Green Pier in Avalon, you’ll embark on a brisk, 40-minute journey aboard the Cyclone Power Boat to Two Harbors. There, you’ll have the option to relax at Harbor Sands or venture off through the land. Perhaps, all of the above with overnight accommodations available if you so choose.

Zip-Factor: The Zip Line can reach speeds up to 35 mph and offer unmatched views of the island. You’ll glide approximately 600 feet above the ground.

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

All’s Fair in Love and Par: Previously an 18-hole course, the layout was redone to a nine-hole course, featuring five Par 4s and four Par 3s following World War II.

Treat Yo’Self: Guests can enjoy the ultimate vacation necessity amenities of in-room lunch, dinner delivery options, personalized concierge service, as well as access to Island Spa Catalina’s Wellness Studio.

Shiver Me Timbers: This small town was once inhabited by pirates. Because of its rich history, the island holds a four-day long bash, Buccaneer Days, where attendees are encouraged to dress up in their Buccaneer best.


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

 1 | Let’s Go, Beaches

Home to one of SoCal’s only beachside bars offering an array of festive events and jovial entertainment, enveloped by tall palms and a layered avenue of bright chaise lounges and cabanas, this outdoor party is where you need to celebrate your next birthday. Round up the girls, pack your bags and just add sun.

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


2 | A Beast of a Good Time Catalina Island Itinerary

Take a walk on the wild side and explore all that Catalina has to offer. With a variety of hiking trails and scenic day tours, all of which can be personalized with your very own tour guide. You and your party are in complete control creating your own adventure.


3 | Non-Stop Fun

Steps from the Green Pleasure Pier, the beautifully renovated Hotel Atwater’s resort-style offerings are equally as impressive as the historical building’s metamorphosis. For a destination fee of $30 per room, guests can enjoy: $40 credit per day, two splits of sparkling wine upon arrival, a Discover the Casino Tour, a Glass Bottom Boat Voyage, bicycle access, fitness classes at Island Spa Catalina and access to Descanso Beach Club.

Hotel Atwater
125 Sumner Ave
Avalon, CA 90704

Join the Festivities: The beach club hosts a number of festive events each year, including the Annual Catalina Wine Mixer.

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.

Join the Club: Descanso offers easy access to a number of water activities, Catalina Aerial Adventure and the Zip Line Eco Tour.

Hello, Good-Bison: North American Bison were brought to the island for the filming of The Vanishing American. They have been native to the land ever since.

Rustic Revamp: After being destroyed by a storm, famous artist couple Dorothy and Otis Shepard were hired to revive the rustic look of the city. In doing so, it was their decision to paint Green Pleasure Pier its iconic green color.


Couple’s Getaway: Rekindle Your Love Connection With These Romantic Hotspots Catalina Island Itinerary

1 | Spa-La-La

In Avalon’s historic El Encanto building, Island Spa Catalina offers a variety of amenities including: nine treatment rooms, private suites, a soaking pool, jacuzzi, dry sauna, eucalyptus steam room, as well as a men’s and women’s locker and shower facilities. The Spa also offers a full-service hair salon and makeup studio to help get you ready for date night.

Island Spa Catalina
163 Crescent Ave
Avalon, CA 90704


2 | Say Amen-itites

This four-star hotel not only offers one of the island’s most breathtaking views overlooking the ocean and island in all its glory, but also the list of amenities included with your stay are exceptional. First-rate amenities include: appetizers and wines served every evening, use of a golf cart to explore the island, access to Island Spa Catalina’s amenities and fitness classes, priority cabana and chaise lounge booking at Descanso Beach Club and transportation to and from the ferry terminal, airport or heliport.

Mt Ada
398 Wrigley Rd
Avalon, CA 90704


3 | Have a Ball Catalina Island Itinerary

Home to the world’s largest circular ballroom, Catalina’s Casino is an architectural gem, housing nearly 100 years of culture and history. You’ll tour the grounds and conclude the night on the Casino’s Romance Promenade sipping wine, while taking in Avalon’s gorgeous twilight hour.

Catalina Casino
1 Casino Way
Avalon, CA 90704


4 | Sit Back and Grill

Overlooking Avalon Bay, Avalon Grille serves its patron’s an exquisite dining experience. With premium dishes and a warm ambiance, this dining establishment is a great place to celebrate an important occasion. The restaurant is also open for happy hour.

Avalon Grille
423 Crescent Ave
Avalon, CA 90704

One Stop Shoppe: The Spa Shoppe sells a variety of souvenirs and cosmetic necessities to commemorate your travels including apparel, swimwear, home accents, artisan candles and Catalina-inspired jewelry handcrafted by a local artist.

Under Wraps: Mt Ada is the former home to William Wrigley Jr., the entrepreneur made famous by his chewing gum enterprise. He and his family resided there.

Screentime: Classic early-19th century flicks such as Treasure Island (1918), Male & Female (1919), Ten Commandments (1923), Ben Hur (1925), Old Ironsides (1926) and The Black Pirate (1926) were all filmed on the island.

Lights, Camera, Action: In honor of Catalina’s film history, the island plays host to two annual film events, The Silent Film Benefit and the Catalina Film Festival.

Easy Breezy: Formerly exclusive to Chicago’s landmark Wrigley Building only, the famous Wrigley Martini, “The Windy City Classic,” is now available at Avalon Grille.

Catalina Island Company