Long Beach, CA

Catalina Island: Things to do on a day trip.

Lashaun Turner

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Santa Catalina Island-:Catalina Adventure Tours Facebook Page-:

Catalina Island is part of the Channel Islands of California located about 30 miles off the coast of Long Beach in Los Angeles County.

Areas of Catalina can feel like a far-away tropical escape, yet its proximity is close enough to visit and enjoy activities in a single afternoon, day trip, or weekend getaway.

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Catalina Island -:Courtesy of Catalina Express Facebook Page

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Catalina Harbor--:Courtesy of Catalina Express Facebook Page

Catalina Island is known for its natural beauty, wildlife, scuba diving and Mt. Orizaba, its highest peak.

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Wildlife Catalina-"Catalina Adventure Tours Facebook Page-:

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The Island has two main area's- Two Harbors to the north and the city of Avalon to the south.

Two Harbors is a small unincorporated island village located about 18 miles from the city of Avalon.

Avalon, the only city on Catalina with it's beachfront shops and restaurants attract millions of visitors, and the Island is also a popular stop for cruise ships.

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Avalon beach in summertime---:Public Domain- Wikipedia--

Getting to Catalina Island

The best way to get to the Island is high speed ferry boat. There are regularly scheduled passenger ferries available from Long Beach, San Pedro, Newport Beach and Dana Point.

A ferry ride depending upon your departure location will take from 1 hour, to about 1 hour-15min. This is a great option because it’s not just transportation, you get to cruise on the ocean, enjoy the waves- maybe sip a cool beverage. It’s part of the experience.

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Catalina Express-:Courtesy of Catalina Express Facebook Page

You can also Helicopter over to Catalina Island which is about a 15 min ride. Service to Catalina Island from Orange County, Long Beach, San Pedro, and Burbank, are available through different carriers.

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The Weather

Catalina Island offers a mild subtropical climate with warm year-round temperatures averaging around 70 F degrees. Winters are usually mild.

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Spring and Fall are the best times to visit Catalina. If you don’t mind heat and humidity Summer may work for you too.

January is the wettest month. Coastal high fog is common during summer, but usually burns off by the afternoon. Precipitation and rain average approximately 12 inches per year.

Things to do in Avalon

There are a number of excursions and tours available. Some popular choices include land tours, ocean tours, camping and shopping.

In the city of Avalon, where most tourists congregate, here are some activities you can do in one day:

Zip Line

From high above Descanso Beach Club you'll enjoy the rush as you zigzag down and across the canyon’s five ziplines while enjoying spectacular views.

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Descanso Beach Club

Catalina's premiere beachside restaurant and bar set on a private beach. It's definitely the hot spot on Avalon. Food, Drink and Live Music. Chaise lounges and private cabanas rentals are available.

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Descanso Beach Club--:Descanso Beach Club Facebook Page

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Descanso Beach Club Food-:Descanso Beach Club Facebook Page

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Descanso Beach Club--:Descanso Beach Club Facebook Page

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Descanso Beach Club--:Descanso Beach Club Facebook Page

Glass Bottom Boat or Nautilus Submarine

Enjoy a close up view of ocean life via a glass bottom boat or submarine. Not only do you get to see marine life- the boat or submarine ride is pretty awesome in itself.

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Catalina Casino-Avalon Theatre Tour

The landmark Art Deco building is not actually a gambling hall. The Catalina Casino gets its name from the Italian language term casino, meaning a "gathering place".

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Catalina Harbor and Casino in The Background-:Courtesy of Catalina Express Facebook Page

The venue hosts major events, including the popular Catalina Island Jazz Festival.

Things to do in Two Harbors

Two Harbors activities include mountain biking, kayaking, snorkeling and just exploring nature. The vibe is definitely a little more chill than Avalon.

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Person Kayaking in Catalina-:Courtesy of Catalina Express Facebook Page

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Hikers in Catalina-:Courtesy of Catalina Express Facebook Page-

No matter which side of the Island you choose, Catalina has fun and adventure for everyone and is a perfect getaway for Southern California residents.

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JADED: Journalism with a Touch of Shade is Lashaun's views and opinions on various trending topics. Lashaun is a MEDIA ENTREPRENEUR, Viral Content Creator and Reporter covering Local Stories, Food, Crime, Politics, Travel, Artists & Events. Lashaun aka Lady I.M.PRE$S is a former NBC/CNBC Affiliate KCAA Broadcaster for "Cali's BEST" Radio Show airing on 102.3FM & 106.5FM from 2016-2020. Lashaun has been in the Media & P.R field for over 11 years and has interviewed an estimated 20k Celebrities and Entrepreneurs. Lashaun also produced & hosted Blaze Indie L.A TV show on LA's Channel 36 from 2014-2016

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