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Catalina Island

  • Catalina Island

Overview

  • Karla Gadea

Catalina is a rocky island off the coast of the U.S. state of California in the Gulf of Santa Catalina. The island is 22 miles (35 km) long and 8 miles (13 km) across at its greatest width. The island is located about 22 miles (35 km) south-southwest of Los Angeles, California. The highest point on the island is 2,097 feet (639 m) Mt. Orizaba. Santa Catalina is part of the Channel Islands of California archipelago and lies within Los Angeles County.

Time of year/Season

With a Mediterranean climate, Catalina Island attracts visitors year-round. The most popular time to visit is summer, when the weather is the warmest, schools are out for vacation, and outdoor activities such as snorkeling, diving, glass-bottom boat tours (which originated on the island), and fishing are ideal.

Winters attract the fewest visitors, especially midweek, when rain and heavy winds are a threat, but low prices can more than make up for a little bad weather.

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ACTIVITY:

Hiking, Scuba Diving, Kayaking, Camping, Snorkeling, Fishing, Golf, Parasailing, Swimming, Beach, Biking

Difficulty:

Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Expert

SEASON:

Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall

How to Get There

Catalina Island is accessible via a ferry (The Catalina Express) from one of several departure terminals. Tickets for the ferry range from $37.25 to $52.25 each way. Long Beach Terminal From Los Angeles: Take the 405 Freeway south. Take the 710 Freeway south. Continue on the 710 Freeway south and follow the signs for the Queen Mary. At the entrance to the Queen Mary, stay to the far right of the parking ticket taker for the Queen Mary; this lane is the entrance to the Carnival Cruise terminal. Follow the signs for Passenger Parking and Luggage Drop-Off area. From San Diego: Take I-5 north. Take the 405 Freeway north. Take the 710 Freeway south. Continue on the 710 Freeway south and follow the signs for the Queen Mary. At the entrance to the Queen Mary, stay to the far right of the parking ticket taker for the Queen Mary; this lane is the entrance to the Carnival Cruise terminal. Follow the signs for Passenger Parking and Luggage Drop-Off area. San Pedro Terminal From Los Angeles: Take the 110 Harbor Freeway south into San Pedro. Take the Terminal Island, Exit 47 ramp. Stay in the right lane, exit Harbor Blvd. Follow signs to Catalina Terminal, Berth 95, entrance across Harbor Blvd. If you're coming from Long Beach you can take Ocean Blvd. west, cross over the Vincent Thomas bridge, and take the Harbor Blvd. exit. Follow signs to Catalina Sea and Air Terminal, Berth 95. From San Diego: Take I-5 north. Take the 405 Freeway north. Take the 710 Freeway south.Take the I-710 exit on the left toward Piers S T/Terminal Island. Merge onto W Ocean Blvd. W Ocean Blvd becomes CA-47 S/Harbor Fwy N. Take the Harbor Blvd exit, EXIT 1C. Stay straight to go onto Swinford St. Swinford St becomes San Pedro Santa Catalina Ferry Rd. Turn left. Dana Point Terminal From Los Angeles: Take I-5 Freeway South & exit at Pacific Coast Highway. From San Diego: Take I-5 Freeway North & exit at Beach Cities, Highway #1 off the ramp. Take a left at the signal, (Dana Point Harbor Drive) then left at Golden Lantern, which dead ends at Dana Harbor parking lot.

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Additional Logding Options

Hotel Metropole (205 Crescent Ave, Avalon, CA 90704)
Website: http://hotel-metropole.com
Phone: (800) 300-85

The Avalon Hotel (124 Whittley Ave, Avalon, CA 90704)
Website: http://theavalonhotel.com
Phone: (310) 510-7070

Hotel Vista Del Mar (417 Crescent Ave, Avalon, CA 90704)
Website: http://hotel-vistadelmar.com
Phone: (310) 510-1452

Dining

Bluewater Grill (306 Crescent Ave, Avalon, CA 90704)
Website: http://bluewatergrill.com
Phone: (310) 510-3474

Harbor Reef Restaurant (Catalina Isthmus, Two Harbors, CA 90704)
Website: http://visitcatalinaisland.com
Phone: (310) 510-4215

Ristorante Villa Portofino (101 Crescent Ave, Avalon, CA 90704)
Website: http://ristorantevillaportofino.com
Phone: (310) 510-2009

Tours

Diving Catalina (Avalon, CA 90704)
Website: http://divingcatalina.com
Phone: (310) 510-8558

Zipline Eco Tour (1 Descanso Canyon Rd, Avalon, CA 90704)
Website: http://visitcatalinaisland.com
Phone: (310) 510-7431

Parasailing Catalina (105 Pebbly Beach Rd, Avalon, CA 90704)
Website: http://www.parasailcatalina.com/
Phone: (310) 510-1777

Boat Tours (205 Crescent Ave., Waterfront side of Metropole Hotel, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704)
Website: http://www.afishinado.com/
Phone: (888)613-7770

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