What you need to know about renting golf carts on Catalina Island
A Catalina golf cart rental is a popular activity for visitors looking to get an overview of Avalon, the island’s only city. Additional touring options include the Avalon Scenic Tour, Avalon Tasting & Cultural Walking Tour and the Skyline Drive Tour. For more tours on Catalina, as well as transportation options, click here.
What you need to know about renting a golf cart
- You must be at least 25 years old with a valid driver’s license and insurance.
- In Avalon, golf carts are considered a motor vehicle, it is illegal to consume alcohol or be intoxicated while driving one
- You can rent either a four-passenger or a six-passenger golf cart on Catalina
- Children are welcome to ride in the golf cart. Younger children will need a car seat which the rental business will provide. For infants younger than one year old, you must provide your own car seat.
- Plan to arrive at least 15 minutes before your golf cart rental time to fill out paperwork.
- Catalina’s rugged interior is off-limits for golf carts.
- A two-hour golf cart rental is sufficient for most visitors.
- Golf cart scavenger hunts are available and are an interesting way to learn more about the island.
There are two different companies that rent golf carts on Catalina Island. Rental terms and rates are similar at both companies, which offer convenient locations on the Avalon waterfront.
Top Five Places to Visit When You Rent A Golf Cart on Catalina
- The Wrigley Memorial and Botanic Garden. Located about two miles up the canyon from the waterfront, this drive reveals the Catalina Visitors Golf Course, Hermit Gulch Campground and more.
- The Catalina Casino. Avalon’s distinctive landmark is a must-stop on any golf cart tour of Catalina
- Chimes Tower. Perched high above Avalon Harbor, this edifice has a distinctive colorful tile roof. Use caution when driving in the area.
- Three Palms. Although the three palm trees that gave this area its name have long since been cut down, the vista from this point on Avalon’s southeastern side is well worth a stop.
- The flats. Locals refer to the streets that aren’t on the hillsides as “the flats.” Primarily residential, these streets feature charming cottages and unique homes.
Golf carts aren’t only used by visitors on Catalina Island; they are also the primary means of transportation for most residents. These private vehicles should be respected as private property.