Santa Catalina Island Getaway

April 27, 2012 — 2 Comments

For your next vacation, say goodbye to the mainland and say hello to your very own island paradise. Build lifetime memories with friends and family by sharing first time experiences and adventures. Welcome to Santa Catalina Island, this is the place to make those memories without having to travel around the world. The city of Avalon is your getaway as together you explore the variety of new and fun activities that await.

Santa Catalina Island, often called Catalina Island, or just Catalina, is an island off the coast of Southern California. Catalina is part of the eight Channel Islands archipelago. The eight islands that make up the archipelago are divided into two groups – the Northern Channel Islands and the Southern Channel Islands. Catalina Island is one of the four Southern Channel Islands. The island is the only one of the eight islands with a significant permanent civilian settlement – the city of Avalon and the unincorporated town of Two Harbors. The island offers many great views and activities such as:

  • Miniature golf
  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Museums
  • Beaches
  • Boating
  • Picnicking
  • Zip lining
  • Snorkeling
  • Land tours and water activities

Gaming and Entertainment

The Catalina Casino has been the focal point of Catalina Island entertainment and culture since it opened in 1929. Dominating the Avalon landscape from its regal perch along the harbor, the casino exemplifies the style and romance of the Island. Restored to its original condition, the Art Deco, circular icon is a stunning reminder of Catalina’s glorious past.

Underwater and the Sea

Snorkeling Catalina offers exciting and adventurous 1-Hour Guided Snorkeling Tours, Boat Snorkeling Trips, 1-Hour Dolphin/Sea Lion Excursion, Charters/Two Harbors/Rentals and Pick Up and Delivery to all Catalina Campsites. A full line of rental gear, cameras, sunscreen, sunglasses, water, swimsuits, towels, along with changing rooms and lockers are available.

Film Festival

Celebrate the art and entertainment of film in all of its forms at the Catalina Film Festival. The festival features more than 75 films, nightly events and entertainment. From Charlie Chaplin to Marilyn Monroe, celebrities and filmmakers have flocked to Catalina from inspiration. Clear blue water and coastal breezes provide the perfect backdrop for unparalleled premiers, yacht and mansion parties, industry networking and exploring everything that the island has to offer. Films are screened at multiple venues around the island.

Catalina By Night

Dining and dancing is a delight on Catalina Island. More than 30 restaurants offer a bill of fare from family friendly to formal. From causal quick eats and picnic fare, to tastefully delectable restaurants, to sweet delicious treats – eat to your heart’s content. The Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce and Xceptional Music Company are pleased to present a free, family friendly Summer Concert Series, next to the Bay on the Wrigley Plaza Stage. Concerts are held from 7:30 pm to 9:45 pm. A Beer and Wine Garden are also available. Check 2012 dates here.


Stroll along Avalon’s quaint Mediterranean style streets and you’ll find a variety of specialty shops offering everything from resort-style clothing to handmade gift items and artwork. Nestled around the waterfront, find tiles unique to Catalina, salt water taffy or a beautiful piece of jewelry. Lose yourself in the many shops and cafés.

Enjoy a weekend getaway close to the city but miles apart. Catalina Island is your local paradise. Find what you’re looking for, or discover something new.

Check out other events here.

Check out a map of the island here.

WHAT: Catalina Island
WHEN: Seven days a week 
WHERE: Southern California | Los Angeles

CONTACT INFO: (310) 510-1520 or

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2 responses to Santa Catalina Island Getaway


    This is exactly the information I was trying to find out about the island. Thank you!

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