Catalina Island, CA

Travel Guide
Catalina Island featuring a bay or harbor and a coastal town
A popular escape from the streets of Los Angeles, this island’s laid-back atmosphere and crystal-clear waters make it seem a world away from the busy city.

Relax, snorkel and swim, or experience adventures such as diving in a mini submarine and zip-lining, all on Catalina Island, just 22 miles (35 kilometers) off the Coast of Los Angeles.

Step off the ferry and onto the streets of Avalon, the main city, and head straight to the beach or stroll through the art galleries and souvenir shops. Catalina was developed in the late 19th century and features quaint old hotels and a gorgeous art deco casino.

Dive or snorkel right off the pier or hop aboard a glass-bottom boat to gaze at local marine life. Organize a dive in a mini submarine to see octopuses, sharks and all kinds of fish, or for more action go parasailing or rent a Jet Ski.

Catalina Island can get crowded in the high season, so to explore further afield rent a golf cart, available at a few places near the pier.

If you’d like to go hiking and see some local wildlife, head inland for great views and the chance to spot island foxes, eagles or bison. Drop into the Nature Center at Avalon Canyon or the Santa Catalina Island Interpretive Center to learn more about the island’s wildlife and geography.

Fly high above the forest canopy on the Cataline Zip Line, one of the island’s most exciting attractions, and enjoy sweeping views of the coastline.

Back in Avalon, brush up on your local history at the Catalina Island Museum, check out the city’s video-game arcade, play mini golf, or tackle the rock climbing wall. For a great night out, head to the art deco Catalina Casino. Despite its name, this is not a gambling establishment. Instead, you’ll find an old-time theater and a ballroom that hosts plays, concerts and festivals.

The Catalina Island Ferry leaves from the mainland at Long Beach, San Pedro and Dana Point.

Bellanca Hotel
Bellanca Hotel
3 out of 5
111 Crescent Ave, Avalon, CA, 90704
The price is $129 per night from Dec 12 to Dec 13
$129
per night
Dec 12 - Dec 13
Stay at this 3-star hotel in Avalon. Enjoy free WiFi, a 24-hour front desk, and a terrace. Our guests praise the helpful staff in our reviews. Popular attractions ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (612 reviews)
"Perfect"

Reviewed on Nov 24, 2022

Bellanca Hotel
Catalina Canyon Inn
Catalina Canyon Inn
3 out of 5
888 Country Club Dr, Avalon, CA, 90704
The price is $139 per night from Dec 1 to Dec 2
$139
per night
Dec 1 - Dec 2
Stay at this 3-star spa hotel in Avalon. Enjoy free WiFi, a full-service spa, and a free area shuttle. Our guests praise the pool and the restaurant in our reviews. ...
3.8/5 Good! (1,003 reviews)
"Beautiful location. Extremely well kept. Great front desk staff."

Reviewed on Nov 23, 2022

Catalina Canyon Inn
Hotel Metropole
Hotel Metropole
3 out of 5
205 Crescent Ave., Avalon, CA, 90704
The price is $238 per night from Dec 1 to Dec 2
$238
per night
Dec 1 - Dec 2
Stay at this 3-star golf hotel in Avalon. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and 2 coffee shops/cafes. Our guests praise the helpful staff in our reviews. Popular ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (465 reviews)
"We stay here every time we go to Catalina. It's a ways from the cruise ship terminal but walkable. We took a taxi when we go there and walked back when we left. It is close to all the shops and restaurants. We had Thanksgiving dinner at the M in the same block. We will stay here again."

Reviewed on Nov 25, 2022

Hotel Metropole
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Light, Airy Luxury Hamilton Cove Villa La Casa Sirena w/Golf Cart - Great Value!
Light, Airy Luxury Hamilton Cove Villa La Casa Sirena w/Golf Cart - Great Value!
Avalon, CA
Stay at this beach villa in Avalon. Enjoy free WiFi, an outdoor pool, and a beach locale. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy beds in our reviews. ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (137 reviews)
Great place for healthy people
"We both really enjoyed staying at this location location. The view is awesome. Everything inside was great.. I liked that there was a landlord a clan line. My cell phone connection seemed to improve as time went by. Wish the bathroom had brighter lighting. Loved the pool and putting golf course. ..."

Reviewed on Nov 4, 2022

Light, Airy Luxury Hamilton Cove Villa La Casa Sirena w/Golf Cart - Great Value!
216WB: Budget-friendly Apartment in Victorian Triplex, 2 Blocks from Beach + WIF
216WB: Budget-friendly Apartment in Victorian Triplex, 2 Blocks from Beach + WIF
Avalon, CA
Stay at this vacation home in Avalon. Enjoy barbecue grills, a balcony, and a TV. Popular attractions Catalina Island Museum and Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce ...
3.9/5 Good! (19 reviews)
Simple and clean
"Great location. Some items outdated…Hair dryer was rusty and broke…it was cold and the heaters didn’t work. Kinda of a bummer. Overall it was a great stay and would stay again."

Reviewed on Nov 28, 2022

216WB: Budget-friendly Apartment in Victorian Triplex, 2 Blocks from Beach + WIF
227BB: Modern Town Home in the Heart of Avalon, Dual Master Suites, **VIEWS** -
227BB: Modern Town Home in the Heart of Avalon, Dual Master Suites, **VIEWS** -
Avalon, CA
Stay at this condo in Avalon. Enjoy a balcony, a TV, and cable/satellite TV. Popular attractions Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau and ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (9 reviews)
Avalon
"Very nice, look forward to staying again. Thanks"

Reviewed on Nov 2, 2022

227BB: Modern Town Home in the Heart of Avalon, Dual Master Suites, **VIEWS** -
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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