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Historic Avalon– From chewing gum magnate William Wrigley to author Zane Grey, Catalina Island has been home to some of history’s most interesting figures, and a favorite vacation spot for others!  Explore Avalon’s rich history, famous landmarks, and fascinating architecture. Take in the Catalina Island Museum, go on a Behind the Scenes tour of the Casino Building or enjoy the Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Gardens. In 2013, the City of Avalon celebrates it’s 100th anniversary on June 26th.

Romantic Catalina Island – Catalina Island is the perfect place to escape for a romantic getaway.  Where else can you enjoy moonlit walks along the shore, snorkeling in Lover’s Cove, ride a bicycle built for two, and spend a cozy night alone in an ocean view hotel with a fireplace and jacuzzi right in the room?  Known as the Island of Romance, no wonder Catalina Island is such a popular wedding and honeymoon spot!

Discover Catalina Island’s Vast Interior – With 88% of the island protected by the Catalina Island Conservancy, the island is home to plant life you won’t find anywhere else, as well as many animals that are just as rare, including the tiny Catalina Island fox, the stately bison, and even bald eagles!  Go camping, hiking, or biking in the more than 42,000 acres of Catalina’s vast interior.  Or, explore the island on a Jeep Eco-tour or sightseeing tour bus, van or unimog.

The Ultimate Day Trip – With so many people visiting Southern California to enjoy the new theme parks, what better place to escape for a day than Catalina Island?  Take a break from long lines and expensive souvenirs to enjoy a peaceful day at the beach, go snorkeling, kayaking, or take a sightseeing tour.  And with travel time fo one hour or less, you can be back in your hotel in time to get a good night’s rest for tomorrow’s adventure. Day packages are available that include the boat transporation and a wide variety of tours.  

Transportation – Getting to Catalina Island is half the fun!  With two boat companies serving the island from four ports (Long Beach, San Pedro, Dana Point,  and Newport Beach), and a helicopter serving the island from three ports (Long Beach, San Pedro and John Wayne/Orange County Airport), visitors can reach Catalina in less than one hour by boat or 15 minutes by air.

Shopping & Dining – From fresh seafood on an oceanfront patio to a champagne brunch with live jazz, Catalina Island has great restaurants with something to satisfy every taste and budget.  Shoppers will enjoy a wide variety of great shops, too, featuring everything from resort-style clothing to saltwater taffy and great Catalina souvenirs.

Travel Bargains – Many hotels offer packages throughout the year for a great savings, including room, transportation, and tours.  This is a great way to enjoy a memorable vacation on a budget!  Check out Catalina Hot Deals for your special offer.