5 Best Things To Do On Catalina Island
Catalina Island, 22 miles off the coast of Los Angeles, is one of the best-kept secrets of Southern California. It provides visitors a luxury tropical getaway experience similar to Hawaii or Cancun, but at a fraction of the cost.
The city of Avalon, can be accessed from Catalina Express, is the place you want to start your Catalina trip. Remember you can get a free ride to Catalina Island on your birthday, and also plan your trip early because hotel is a limited resource on the island.
Here I will personally recommend 10 things you should considering doing when you visit Catalina Island.
You can rent a bike at the bike rental shop near Avalon port. Get on the bike and simply cruise around the town of Avalon, and you can find many adorable local houses and shops that you will love.
Looking for something more challenging? Try renting a mountain bike instead of a beach cruiser. Ride uphill towards the higher area of the town, and going against the elevation can be a serious workout.
Rent or bring your own snorkel gears and dive into the blue water! The water visibility and temperature at Lover’s Cove is excellent through out the year, you can see the famous orange California state fish Garibaldi, Calico Bass and Stingrays if you are lucky.
Cost: Free with your own gear | ~$10/hour/person for gear rental
Ride Jet Ski at the Descanso Bay. You can compete with your friends or simply enjoy the ride by yourself. There are dolphins, sea lions and other ocean mammals you can see while you are riding the jet ski.
The Catalina Zip Line Eco Tour is one of the island’s newest attractions, having led its first tour in 2010, but the adrenaline-pumping, two-hour adventure is a must-do activity for Avalon visitors.
Two experienced guides accompany each group of thrill seekers through five separate zip lines, which cover almost three quarters of a mile and send participants sailing through the air at speeds up to 45 miles per hour.
The longest zip line stretches 1,100 feet, allowing guests plenty of time to take in the scenery as they fly over canyons filled with trees and native plants.
Cost: ~$150 / person
This private club sits on a secluded cove, and it recently unveiled three luxury cabanas for guests who want to enjoy the ultimate waterfront vacation. You can simply get a drink and sit back and relax.
Cost: $10 – $20 / person