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Getting Around Catalina

Avalon, Catalina Island’s main town, is only one square mile in size and everything is within easy walking distance. In fact walking is the preferred mode of transportation.

Avalon is the only city in California authorized by the state legislature to regulate the number and size of vehicles allowed to drive on city streets. Currently, there is a 14 year waiting list to own a car on the island. But visitors don’t need a car in Avalon; it’s easy to navigate by foot. The picturesque harbor that nestles Avalon provides a good excuse to slow down the pace and enjoy the view.

When you arrive on the island many hotels provide a courtesy shuttle while other hotels provide free baggage service. Be sure to ask when you make reservations. Taxi service is available to all locations in Avalon, and cabs meet each arriving boat.

There is also a taxi stand in the center of town that will take you anywhere you want to go. Trolley service operates along two scheduled routes regularly in the summer and on weekends in the off season.

To enjoy the hills above the town, do what the locals do and drive a golf cart. Golf cart rentals are abundant in town and you can easily explore the mountain terrain around Avalon in an hour or so.

You can also rent a bicycle to go exploring or take a sightseeing tour in a comfortable motor coach or open-air tram. If you want to venture beyond Avalon, shuttle bus service or charter taxi van service is also available from Avalon to the Airport in the Sky, Two Harbors, and the interior campgrounds.

Outdoor enthusiasts are welcome to explore Catalina Island on foot. Hiking and biking permits are required.  Permits and trail maps are available at the Catalina Conservancy House at 125 Clarissa Avenue in Avalon or calling 310-510-2595.

A Catalina Island fisherman invented the first glass-bottom boat tours in 1896.