Located just 22 miles off Southern California’s coast, Catalina Island welcomes visitors year-round. Travel time to Avalon, the Island’s only city, can be as little as 15 minutes by air or one hour by boat. Travel time to the village of Two Harbors is about 75 minutes by boat from San Pedro. The only island resort destination in California, Catalina Island offers endless options for visitors to enjoy, and Avalon hosts all the amenities of a larger city for residents to rely upon. Whether you are planning a vacation or looking to relocate to our island paradise, Catalina is the ideal destination for you.
The City of Avalon has a population of about 4,000 year-round residents. Summer and weekend population can rise to over 10,000. The Village of Two Harbors and neighboring camps are home to about 200 people with peak visitation being in the summer.
The Catalina Island Conservancy operates a non-profit land trust that manages 88% of the island as a preserve. Wildlife viewing, hiking and camping are the top reasons to visit the island’s “interior”.
There’s a reason Catalina Island is said to have the “perfect climate”. Catalina boasts a year-round Mediterranean climate, with warm, sunny days and cool evening breezes. Summer temperatures average 75 degrees, while winter temperatures average 65 degrees. The sun shines an average of 267 days a year. Average rainfall is 12 inches per year. Click here for current Catalina Island weather information.
For more information about Catalina Island, please visit our FAQ page. While on the Island, stop by the Visitors Center, located at the foot of the Green Pleasure Pier in Avalon. Our friendly and informative staff can provide information about transportation, accommodations and hotel availability, activities and special events. Two Visitors Centers located on the piers in Avalon and Two Harbors offer support and information for travelers. Avalon’s Visitors Center is open Monday through Saturday from 8am to 5pm. Sunday and holiday hours vary seasonally (closed on December 25th). The Two Harbors Visitors Center is open from 8am to 5pm daily, but hours vary seasonally.