Catalina Island

Travel Guide
Catalina Island which includes a bay or harbour and a coastal town

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.

Catalina Canyon Inn
Catalina Canyon Inn
3 out of 5
888 Country Club Dr, Avalon, CA
The price is AU$203 per night from 5 Dec. to 5 Dec.
Situated near the beach, this spa hotel is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Catalina Island Medical Center and 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Avalon Port. Catalina Island Golf Course ...
3.9/5 Good! (812 reviews)
"I like the that the bathroom had face wipes and a blow dryer. The rooms had nice high ceilings and the balcony was comfortable. The lady at the front desk that checked us in could have had more of a pleasant personality"

Reviewed on 16 Nov. 2021

Catalina Canyon Inn
Hotel Atwater
Hotel Atwater
3 out of 5
125 Sumner Ave, Avalon, CA
The price is AU$213 per night from 5 Dec. to 5 Dec.
Located in the heart of Avalon, this golf hotel is steps away from Avalon Pier and Catalina Island Museum. Catalina Casino is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) away.
4.3/5 Excellent! (951 reviews)
"Best hotel I’ve stayed at in a long time!"

Reviewed on 29 Nov. 2021

Hotel Atwater
Bellanca Hotel
Bellanca Hotel
3 out of 5
111 Crescent Ave, Avalon, CA
The price is AU$250 per night from 16 Dec. to 16 Dec.
Situated on the Strip, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Catalina Island Museum and 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Avalon Port. Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce and ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (426 reviews)
"Good location, clean room, helpful staff"

Reviewed on 28 Nov. 2021

Bellanca Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
END OF YEAR SPECIAL - $225 A NIGHT UNTIL DECEMBER 20
END OF YEAR SPECIAL - $225 A NIGHT UNTIL DECEMBER 20
16 Camino De Flores, 4-16, Avalon, CA
Situated on the beach, this condo is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Catalina Island Museum and 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Avalon Port. Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce and ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (88 reviews)
Nice condo
"Nice condo"

Reviewed on 20 Nov. 2021

END OF YEAR SPECIAL - $225 A NIGHT UNTIL DECEMBER 20
357D: Comfortable Family Home, Lower Level Duplex, 3 Blocks to Beach & Shops - 3
357D: Comfortable Family Home, Lower Level Duplex, 3 Blocks to Beach & Shops - 3
357 Descanso, Avalon, CA
Situated by the sea, this historic holiday home is 0.3 mi (0.4 km) from Catalina Island Medical Center and 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Avalon Port. Catalina Island ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (4 reviews)
Great place
"We rented 3 homes on the same block for our daughters 30th birthday. Everything was perfect!"

Reviewed on 9 Aug. 2021

357D: Comfortable Family Home, Lower Level Duplex, 3 Blocks to Beach & Shops - 3
Ocean Front Villa Hamilton Cove
Ocean Front Villa Hamilton Cove
65 Gaviota, 18-65, Avalon, CA
Situated by the ocean, this villa is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Hamilton Beach and 2 mi (3.2 km) from Avalon Port. Catalina Casino and Catalina Island Museum are also ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (141 reviews)
Quick get away
"Perfectly quiet and serene- just what we needed. Beautiful."

Reviewed on 27 Nov. 2021

Ocean Front Villa Hamilton Cove
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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