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Catalina Island Holiday

A popular escape from the streets of Los Angeles, this island’s laid-back atmosphere and crystal-clear waters make it seem a world away from the busy city. 

Relax, snorkel and swim, or experience adventures such as diving in a mini submarine and zip-lining, all on Catalina Island, just 22 miles (35 kilometers) off the Coast of Los Angeles.

Step off the ferry and onto the streets of Avalon, the main city, and head straight to the beach or stroll through the art galleries and souvenir shops. Catalina was developed in the late 19th century and features quaint old hotels and a gorgeous art deco casino.

Dive or snorkel right off the pier or hop aboard a glass-bottom boat to gaze at local marine life. Organize a dive in a mini submarine to see octopuses, sharks and all kinds of fish, or for more action go parasailing or rent a Jet Ski. 

Catalina Island can get crowded in the high season, so to explore further afield rent a golf cart, available at a few places near the pier.

If you’d like to go hiking and see some local wildlife, head inland for great views and the chance to spot island foxes, eagles or bison. Drop into the Nature Center at Avalon Canyon or the Santa Catalina Island Interpretive Center to learn more about the island’s wildlife and geography. 

Fly high above the forest canopy on the Cataline Zip Line, one of the island’s most exciting attractions, and enjoy sweeping views of the coastline.

Back in Avalon, brush up on your local history at the Catalina Island Museum, check out the city’s video-game arcade, play mini golf, or tackle the rock climbing wall. For a great night out, head to the art deco Catalina Casino. Despite its name, this is not a gambling establishment. Instead, you’ll find an old-time theater and a ballroom that hosts plays, concerts and festivals. 

The Catalina Island Ferry leaves from the mainland at Long Beach, San Pedro and Dana Point.


Guide to Exploring Catalina Island


Top Catalina Island Hotel & Accommodation Deals

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Hotel Atwater NZ$210
Reviewed on 24 Jan. 2020
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Hotel Atwater

Hotel Atwater

125 Sumner Ave, Avalon, CA
     
    3.9 of 5
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Very nice property. Great stay. Great town. Sean did a great job.

    Holiday Inn Resort Catalina Island NZ$176
    Reviewed on 22 Jan. 2020
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    Holiday Inn Resort Catalina Island

    Holiday Inn Resort Catalina Island

    888 Country Club Dr, Avalon, CA
       
      4.1 of 5
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Check- in staff was nice. Room was clean & well maintained. Had a awesome time over there.

      Hotel St. Lauren NZ$142
      Reviewed on 22 Jan. 2020
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      Hotel St. Lauren

      Hotel St. Lauren

      231 Beacon Street, Avalon, CA
         
        3.7 of 5
        2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Vintage hotel within walking distance of shops and restaurants, activities. Wonderful view of harbor from 2nd or 6th floor balconies with seating. Friendly staff.

        Seacrest Inn NZ$108
        Reviewed on 22 Jan. 2020
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        Seacrest Inn

        Seacrest Inn

        201 Clarissa Ave, PO Box 128, Avalon, CA
           
          4.4 of 5
          2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Great location, great service, clean room, and old charm room.

          The Pavilion Hotel NZ$256
          Reviewed on 13 Dec. 2019
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          The Pavilion Hotel

          The Pavilion Hotel

          513 Crescent Ave, Avalon, CA
             
            4.7 of 5
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Great spot on Catalina. Close to the ferry and in the middle of town. The employees and grounds are what make this place such a pleasure to stay at. I'll visit this hotel again for sure.

            Catalina Island Inn NZ$151
            Reviewed on 31 Dec. 2019
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            Catalina Island Inn

            Catalina Island Inn

            125 Metropole Avenue, Avalon, CA
               
              3.9 of 5
              2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              The most friendly staff ever! Tyler and Salvatore helped with everything, gave great sightseeing tips and just made this a very special trip! Lovely family atmosphere and great vibes all around! Perfect for a vacation to leave everything else behind!

              Hotel Metropole NZ$320
              Reviewed on 18 Jan. 2020
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              Hotel Metropole

              Hotel Metropole

              205 Crescent Ave., Avalon, CA
                 
                4.3 of 5
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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                Hotel Mac Rae NZ$168
                Reviewed on 13 Jan. 2020
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                Hotel Mac Rae

                Hotel Mac Rae

                409 Crescent Ave, Avalon, CA
                   
                  4.0 of 5
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  This is my go-to hotel on Catalina Island. It is quiet and relaxing. Staff very friendly.

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