Each year, more than half of working Americans leave vacation days and paid time off unused. This year, resolve to make sure you are not among them by planning one -- or all -- of these nine vacations on Catalina Island.
Family vacation: The classic vacation with the family continues to be a popular travel option. A week-long getaway with parents and kids offers plenty of opportunity to reconnect and relax on Catalina Island. With great dining options for even the pickiest eaters and enough exciting activities to put a smile on the surliest teenager, a family vacation on Catalina Island will be remembered – and treasured -- forever.
Romantic escape: Long known as the Island of Romance – and for good reason – Santa Catalina Island is the perfect destination for just the two of you. Book an intimate boutique hotel, reserve an ocean-view table for two and plan for a couple’s massage at one of Catalina Island’s spas. Don’t miss taking a romantic stroll along the waterfront beneath the moonlight.
Incentive trip: It’s not just you who’s missing out on taking vacation, it’s also your employees. Improve moral and encourage productivity by planning an incentive trip to Catalina Island. You’ll discover plenty of ideas for team building as well as event planners who can help you with the details.
Girlfriends getaway: Get your crew together and make plans to head to Southern California’s favorite island for a long weekend of fun in the sun and under the sea and on the trail. A girlfriends’ getaway on Catalina Island lets you have plenty of time for quality time together while making memories to last a lifetime.
Camping trip: Getting out of town and getting away from it all is easy on Catalina Island, where dozens of miles of trails and several spectacular campgrounds await. In both Avalon and Two Harbors, campers will discover campgrounds close to services and offering options including tent cabins. Further afield, both Little Harbor and Blackjack campgrounds offer unforgettable settings with water and sanitation options. For the ultimate adventure in roughing it, there are several coves along the leeward side of the island that offer primitive boat in camping. No matter what option you choose, reservations and a hiking permits are must. Island outfitters are also available to lighten the load, provide trail advice and set up camp.
Special event travel: Throughout the year, the calendar of events on Catalina Island offers a surprising array of festivals, concerts and sporting events that will intrigue just about any traveler. In the spring, foodies won’t want to miss the Avalon Taste Around. In the fall, art, jazz and wine fans flock to various festivals. In the summer, Fourth of July is an epic homage to small-town patriotism. And throughout the year, endurance events attract world-class athletes.
Celebration: With its diverse activities, spectacular scenery and convenient travel, Catalina Island is the perfect destination for getting everyone together for a celebration. Weddings, anniversary parties and family reunions all take on a special dimension when they happen on the island.
Executive planning retreat: Not quite ready for a vacation that’s all play and no work? Meeting planners and corporate travel agents have discovered that meeting and executive retreats on Catalina Island provide an intriguing alternative to boring boardrooms and homogenous break-out rooms. Get you team thinking out of the box by getting them out of the office and inspiring their creativity in spectacular surroundings.
Midweek getaway: Want to save on your Catalina Island vacation? Skip the weekend and use those vacation days on a mid-week getaway, when you’ll discover special savings and irresistible discounts. Want to save even more? Best of Winter, offered each year between November and March, presents generous discounts on an array of packages that include transportation and accommodations.
However you choose to experience a vacation on Catalina Island, start planning today and let the vacation anticipation begin.