Catalina Island

Catalina Island vacation offers fishing and relaxation for a fun California weekend getaway. Catalina is located 22 miles from Los Angeles, making it a perfect day trip or weekend adventure.

Updated December 1, 2022 by San Diego Beaches and Adventures

Catalina Island Vacation

Catalina Island, also called Santa Catalina Island, is located in the Pacific Ocean about 22 miles west / southwest of Los Angeles, California as shown on this
Google Map.

There are many fun things to do in the city Avalon, or in the smaller community of Two Harbors. Fishing, visit the aquarium, explore the marina, scuba diving, tour the island, and shopping are a few things to do. You can rent bicycles or golf carts to get around on the island.

Scuba diving near Catalina by San Clemente Island

If you like to scuba dive or snorkel, Catalina has some lovely dive spots and snorkeling in the Avalon Underwater Dive Park. You may book an excursion on a glass bottom boat or take a dive boat tour.

Camp Cherry Valley and Camp Emerald Bay offer summer camps for children and scout troops.


Catalina Island Ferry

Most people arrive at Catalina Island by ferry boat. The Catalina Express offers ferry rides from Long Beach, San Pedro and Dana Point to the cities of Avalon and Two Harbors on the island.

For discount tickets for the Catalina Express see arestravel Catalina Express.



Catalina Island Hotels

Check out the view from The Banning House at Two Harbors, Catalina. This cozy, Craftsman-style bed and breakfast was built in 1910 as a summer home for the pioneering Banning brothers. It offers amazing views of the Isthmus of Catalina and Catalina Harbor above Two Harbors. Two Harbors is truly island life without the hustle and bustle of shopping and retail. Be ready to enjoy a relaxing and somewhat more quiet version of Catalina.

Keep in mind there are only twelve rooms when planning for your group. Each room is individually decorated and have a private bath. Some rooms accommodate up to four people. The entire facility can be reserved for special occasions.

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