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Catalina Buzz – May Catalina Events

As if Catalina’s alluring seaside charms weren’t enough to entice you to visit the island this spring, there are several May Catalina events you won’t want to miss. Film Premiere – May 21: The Catalina Museum for Art & History has set out to document the lives of Catalina residents who have had an outsized…

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May 17, 2022

How to do Catalina Island for the first time

Located just a short boat ride – or an even shorter helicopter ride – from the Southern California mainland, Catalina Island offers an intriguing getaway for a day, a weekend or a lifetime. Read on for how to do Catalina Island for the first time. Decide on when: While you can get a taste of…

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April 29, 2022

Catalina Buzz — Catalina events in April

As winter warms into spring and Southern California hopefully shakes off the last of Covid’s restrictions, Catalina’s events calendar is beginning to resemble the island’s normal array of a festivals, concerts and galas. Here’s just a few of the Catalina events we’re looking forward to in the next couple of weeks. Catalina Spring Art Fair…

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April 6, 2022

When is the best time to visit Catalina Island

“When is the best time to visit Catalina Island” is one of the most frequently asked questions about this vacation paradise. The answer: It depends. Summer offers warm weather and warm water. Winter tempts with quiet streets and an unrushed ambiance. Autumn’s perfect weather and wealth of events make it a favorite time of many…

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February 28, 2022

How to Get to Catalina Island

Now that you’ve finally decided its time to experience Catalina Island for the first time, you have even more decisions to make and how to get to Catalina Island is an important one. Most visitors to Catalina Island arrive via Catalina ferry – also referred to as cross channel carriers. Currently there are two companies…

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November 8, 2021

Where should I go on Catalina Island

If you’re exploring Catalina Island for the first time, you may be wondering where to go. For most first-time visitors, the answer is Avalon. This charming seaside resort has been the center of tourism on the island for more than a century. With its colorful homes, dramatic hillsides and quaint streets, Avalon is frequently compared…

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November 8, 2021

How to plan your first visit to Catalina Island

Those of us who live on – and love – Catalina Island are regularly amazed at how many times we hear the phrase “I’ve lived in Southern California my entire life and I’ve never been to Catalina Island.” Well, what are you waiting for? Here’s our guide to planning your first visit to Catalina Island….

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November 8, 2021

July 4 — celebrating the holidays on Catalina

The holidays on Catalina Island are magical. An island-style Christmas, a romantic Valentine’s Day and a sun-soaked Labor Day are just a few of the amazing holiday experiences you can have on Catalina. There’s one holiday, however, that rises above the rest. If Catalina has an “official” holiday, it is definitely Independence Day. Avalon goes…

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June 27, 2021

5 Fun Things To Do Now That Catalina is Open

Welcome back! We’ve been waiting to say that (again) for months. Now that Catalina is open to travelers again it’s time to start adventuring and exploring. While the light at the end of the tunnel is getting brighter and brighter, we’re not out of the woods yet and when you visit you’ll be asked to…

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March 12, 2021

Is Catalina open? Five things to do in the time of COVID

With international travel restricted and interstate travel discouraged, Californians are looking for a way to escape and finding an ideal option just 22 miles away. The answer to “Is Catalina open?” is a resounding – but slightly qualified “Yes!” Most of the island’s many activities are available. Many restaurants are also open, serving food to…

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October 30, 2020