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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

What to do on Catalina Island

Thinking about a quick getaway to escape from everyday life? We’ve got just the place. Ocean breezes, wide open spaces and a captivating seaside vibe far removed from the ordinary. Intrigued? Read on to learn what to do on Catalina Island. This southern California island offers a range of activities, including high-octane adventures and exciting…

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October 27, 2020

5 Reasons To Take A Private Tour on Catalina

With travel restrictions and COVID apprehensions making long distance travel less than appealing for many, the island’s popularity has surged – as has the popularity of private tours on Catalina. From bus tours to snorkel tours, travelers are opting for exclusive experiences with just their travel companions. Intrigued? You’re not alone. Here are 5 reasons…

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September 17, 2020

Check out the eagles on a Catalina Island webcam

One of the island’s most dramatic residents is also the subject of one of the most popular Catalina Island webcams. Soaring high above the Catalina coastline, bald eagles are a thrilling sight to see no matter how many times they are glimpsed. With their distinctive white heads and tails, the national bird of the United…

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May 8, 2020

Take a virtual visit with Catalina webcam

While you can’t actually visit Catalina Island right now, there are plenty of ways to have a virtual visit. One of the most popular ways to see the many things to do in Avalon is via a Catalina webcam. Perched high above the city of Avalon, the Catalina Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau’s webcam…

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April 11, 2020

Catalina views for your next Zoom meeting

You can bring a view of Catalina to your video conference calls. We’re all adjusting to this strange new reality and for many of us, that means working from home and video conference calls. While the voyeuristic allure of peering into our colleagues’ home offices provides some distraction, for those looking to liven up the…

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April 1, 2020

What you need to know about Catalina Island and COVID-19

Updated 2/19/2021 8:26 a.m. Our team is standing by to help make your Catalina Island experience easy. Whether that means answering questions for a trip or helping you plan your future visit with one of our custom itineraries, we want you to know we are here for you. Please be aware that at this time…

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March 18, 2020

Romantic things to do on Catalina Island

Headed to Catalina Island for a couple’s getaway? Good thinking. Long known as the Island of Romance, this fascinating destination offers plenty to do, whether you are getting away for a day, a weekend or a week. Read on for our favorite romantic things to do on Catalina Island. Get your heart pumping: Adrenaline-fueled adventures…

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February 14, 2020

The step-by-step guide to planning a perfect Catalina day trip

Can you see Catalina Island in a day? We hear that question often. The answer is no, but you can have a great time on a Catalina day trip. Here’s our step-by-step guide to planning a great day trip to Catalina Island. Choose the season: It’s always a great time to visit Catalina Island, but…

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February 5, 2020