Catalina Island is a picture perfect paradise and a world apart from the hustle and bustle of the mainland just 22 miles away. The air is refreshing, the water is clear, the community is casual and friendly, and there's not one traffic light on the whole island. From the city of Avalon to the rustic village of Two Harbors, experience the Island for yourself - explore the rugged back country where the bison roam, enjoy the most stylish in dining experiences, conquer the rush of thrilling adventures, and relax on the sand with the gentle rhythm of the ocean. When you're on "Island Time", you're always having the time of your life.
Things to Do on Catalina Island
Whether you're coming for the day, weekend or longer, Catalina is a great place for work or play. Getting here is an adventure all it's own with a boat or helicopter ride across beautiful SoCal waters. Once you arrive, our hotels and accommodations will surprise and delight with their island feel and laid back hospitality. From shopping to thrilling adventures on a Zip Line or Paddle board, Catalina is brimming with activities and things to do. Unwind at the end of the day with relaxing ocean side dining at a restaurant or enjoy our active nightlife. Check out the Vacation packages available to make planning your stay easy. Bringing a group? Visit our resources for planning your meeting or event. Ask Lina, our resident expert on all things Catalina Island can answer any questions you may have.
Catalina Island is part of Los Angeles County, and Avalon, incorporated in 1913, was the thirtieth city in the county.
The Chicago Cubs trained on Catalina Island from 1921 to 1951.
Avalon's golf course was first built in 1892, making it the oldest course in Southern California.
There were once two piers in Avalon Bay, the Steamer Pier and the Pleasure Pier. Today the Pleasure Pier remains (first built in 1909).
Former U. S. presidents Calvin Coolidge, Herbert Hoover, Ronald Reagan, and Richard Nixon all visited Catalina Island. President Warren G. Harding died just one week before his scheduled visit to the island.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of the fictional character Sherlock Holmes, visited the island in 1923.
There was once an exclusive gambling establishment on Whittley Avenue called the Pilgrim Club. Built in 1902, it burned down in the Avalon fire of 1915, along with the about a third of the town.
In 1929, Winston Churchill visited the island just long enough to catch a marlin in record time.
The M. V. Phoenix, last of the island's fleet of paddlewheel glass-bottom boats, was originally built in 1931 and retired from service in 1991.