Wednesday, May 14, 2014

10 Great Things to See and Do on Catalina Island {Catalina Travel Guide}

As a family we have been fortunate enough to travel around the world, but if I could only pick one place to travel to for the rest of my life, I think I might have to pick Catalina. I have written about Catalina on my blog a lot. It is a muse of sorts. It feels like another home, too. With 62 miles of unspoiled beaches and 88% of the island being protected by the Catalina Conservancy, it always surprises me that there are a lot of Californians who have never traveled the 26 miles across the sea to visit our local island; which always makes me gush about the place and immediately try to convince them that they absolutely must go. Then the next natural thing they want to know is, what do you do there? So I thought I would share some of our favorite things with you too. If you are visiting southern California, I think your trip will only be enhanced by a visit to Catalina. In fact, I think you may never forget it. Here are some travel tips in case you want to take my advice and visit this magic isle.

1. Snorkel, swim or dive in the kelp beds

2. Go for a hike

3. Stand-up paddle around the coves

4. Eat at Antonio's (we order a cheese crisp and Mamma's Day Old Spaghetti every time)

5. Go for a morning swim (and an afternoon swim and an evening swim, too)

6. Go for a boat ride (rent kayaks // ride the glass bottom boat)

7. Drink and dance in Two Harbors (and camp!) 

8. Play mini golf in Avalon

9. Get a Big Olaf Ice Cream Cone (or candy and salt water taffy at Lloyd's

(11. Do karaoke at El Galleon)
be glad I don't have pictures of us doing this, and especially not video!

other tips, links and things to do:
-Descanso Beach Club (drinks, food, swimming, massages)-
-I highly recommend this documentary about Catalina! My dad makes us watch it every time, but we love it.-
-traveling to Catalina with a group is really fun! -
-easily take a ferry over from San Pedro, Long Beach, Newport or Dana Point. It only takes about an hour!-
-if you have your own boat, there are many secluded beaches on the west coast of the island!-

Have you ever been to Catalina? Have any tips to share?


  1. It sounds absolutely blissful. The top photo is beautiful, also the one of you jumping off of the boat. Hope you're having a good week Devon. CJ xx

  2. Oh I love this! I've never been to Catalina and have always wanted to visit. And this makes me want to go all the more! PS Happy belated birthday Devon! I hope that you had a wonderful day celebrating.

  3. I'm so glad you wrote this post! I went to CIMI with my class when I was in 6th grade, and my family and I went over on the ferry a year or two ago, but we didn't really know all the things to do. We had a good time, of course, but I would love to try some different activities next time -- like taking a hike, or SUPing around the coves!


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