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

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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 go. Because the island is part of Los Angeles County, visitors should expect to comply with any health restrictions enforced on the mainland, including mask wearing.

Now that you know Catalina Island is open, here are five things to do — either when you get here or after the current restrictions are lifted. We recommend advance reservations for all activities. Availability subject to current health restrictions. 

Zipline: This exciting adventure continues to be one of the most popular things to do on Catalina. With five high-flying lines above Descanso Canyon, the Catalina Zip Line Eco Tour provides about two hours of excitement that are sure to be a high light of your getaway. Reservations are a must as this activity often sells out.

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Snorkel: Catalina’s underwater realm is renowned for its crystal-clear waters and diverse marine life. Whether you choose to rent gear on your own or take a Guided Snorkel Eco-Tour, spending time beneath the surface is a not-to-be missed Catalina activity.

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Parasail: Get a bird’s eye view of Avalon and the Catalina coast on this surprising relaxing experience. Soar more than 600 feet above the Pacific and take in sweeping views while floating weightless high above the scenic city below.

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Parasailing is one of the most popular things to do on Catalina Island. [photo courtesy Island Water Charters]

Kayak: Another don’t-miss-it Catalina adventure is ocean kayaking. Paddling along the shoreline, kayakers frequently spot eagles, seals and bright orange garibaldi darting in the kelp forest below.

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Golf Cart Tour: One of Catalina’s newest activities is a Golf Cart Tour. Leave the driving to a friendly local who can share an insiders’ perspective on this compelling destination.

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