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Catalina IslandUnited States of America

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.

Top Hotels in Catalina Island

Holiday Inn Resort Catalina Island
Holiday Inn Resort Catalina Island
3 out of 5
888 Country Club Dr, Avalon, CA
The price is $136 per night from Nov 2 to Nov 3

Situated near the beach, this spa hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Catalina Island Medical Center, Catalina Island Golf Course, and Avalon Pier. Catalina ...

4.1/5Very Good! (537 reviews)

"The grounds was very pretty, a little hidden and 10 min walk to town but otherwise peacefull and pretty"…"

Reviewed on Oct 19, 2020

Holiday Inn Resort Catalina Island
Hotel St. Lauren
Hotel St. Lauren
2.5 out of 5
231 Beacon Street, Avalon, CA
The price is $209 per night from Oct 31 to Nov 1

Situated by the ocean, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Catalina Island Museum, Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau, and Avalon Pier. ...

3.6/5Good! (1,093 reviews)

"I like the arquitecture of the building, the location, and the room size. However I did not like that you can hear everything from other rooms, there was no complimentary water or coffee and for a room that is over $300 it was very plain."…"

Reviewed on Oct 26, 2020

Hotel St. Lauren
Catalina Island Inn
Catalina Island Inn
2.5 out of 5
125 Metropole Avenue, Avalon, CA
The price is $139 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 2

Situated near the beach, this hotel is steps from Catalina Island Museum, Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau, and Avalon Pier. Avalon Port ...

3.7/5Good! (190 reviews)

"We recently stayed 2 nights in a King Room with a no view balcony from Sunday to Tuesday for a reasonable $450 total. PROS: -HUGE ROOM! Room 104 was clean, modern, and spacious. -Lovely patio with a bamboo background, lounge chairs, and table -The King bed was heavenly to sleep in...I think I need ..."…"

Reviewed on Sep 28, 2020

Catalina Island Inn
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.

Vacation Rentals in Catalina Island

Hamcove Bestbldg Best Viewwifi/ Oceanfront/ 2018 Golfcart , Smart TVs
Hamcove Bestbldg Best Viewwifi/ Oceanfront/ 2018 Golfcart , Smart TVs
Avalon, CA

Nestled on the beach, this Avalon resort is within 2 mi (3 km) of Hamilton Beach, Avalon Pier, and Catalina Casino. Catalina Island Museum and Catalina Island ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (73 reviews)
We had a great time!

"We've stayed at Hamilton Cove before and were up near the top of the complex. I liked this location much better as its literally just steps to the beach/cove area where we enjoy snorkeling and the beautiful sandy beach/bbq area where we like to bbq and relax. Also, for any younger kids it's a very ..."…"

Reviewed on Oct 27, 2020

Hamcove Bestbldg Best Viewwifi/ Oceanfront/ 2018 Golfcart , Smart TVs
Family-friendly Avalon Oceanview Penthouse
Family-friendly Avalon Oceanview Penthouse
Avalon, CA

Situated in Avalon, this historic condo building is within a 10-minute walk of Catalina Island Medical Center, Avalon Pier, and Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (89 reviews)
Catalina Rental

"Nicely furnished home with a great view!"…"

Reviewed on Oct 21, 2020

Family-friendly Avalon Oceanview Penthouse
GET BACK TO ISLAND STYLE LIVING - FALL BLOWOUT
GET BACK TO ISLAND STYLE LIVING - FALL BLOWOUT
Avalon, CA

Situated on the beach, this condo building is within 2 mi (3 km) of Hamilton Beach, Catalina Casino, and Catalina Island Museum. Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (77 reviews)
Stunning Views lots of stairs

"This condo did not disappoint. It was lovely. While a few things were broken or missing the property management company was quick to respond. Our friends stayed in unit 1-80 and it was AWFUL. Don’t rent that one. We can’t wait to come back, soon. Thank you."…"

Reviewed on Sep 6, 2020

GET BACK TO ISLAND STYLE LIVING - FALL BLOWOUT
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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