Catalina Island Port of Call

Catalina is 22 miles (33km) off the coast of LA but with its peace and seclusion, it feels a million miles away from big city life. Bicycles and golf carts outnumber the few cars, and the pace of life is addictively relaxing.
The undersea ledge immediately offshore is home to abundant sea life, easily experienced by snorkelling or glass-bottom boat tour. The only settlements are at Avalon - a magical, eccentric town where buffaloes stroll the airport runway - and the smaller settlement of Two Harbors, precipitously located at the tip of the island.
Cruise ships anchor in Avalon bay as there is no deepwater port. Passengers are tendered into town via smaller boats arriving at Green Pleasure Pier where there is a visitor's bureau and water-sports rental companies.


Visitors Bureau:

+1 310 510 1520



Motor vehicle use is off-limits to visitors. Jump on the Avalon Trolley (tram) ($1.50) and ride to any point on the island; or rent a golf cart ($30 p/hour). Tandem bicycles are another popular option. Other than that, everything is within walking distance.


The great charm of Catalina is that you can explore at your own pace, using the self-directed transport options listed above. The main attraction is the opportunity to slow down, relax and breathe clean air. For committed sightseers, the Botanical Gardens, old casino and golf course each make for a good half-day exploration. The newly built Catalina Island Nature Center toward the middle of the island is also worth visiting.


Catalina Country Club - patio dining in style with live jazz

Ristorante Villa Portofino - great Italian food

Steve's Steakhouse - excellent steaks and seafood with great harbour views

Best Dish

The breakfast special at Antonio's Pizzeria


Shops and boutiques are concentrated along Crescent Avenue. This is not a big retail environment but you can find interesting collectables and antiques, and eclectic clothing outlets.

Best Buy

Historic pottery


Hike to the clifftop above Two Harbours for great views

Take a snorkel tour of Lover's Cove

See Garibaldi fish and Leopard Shark during a glass-bottomed boat trip

Tour the town and see the grave of Wrigley Jr, chewing gum magnate

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