"Avalon, Catalina Island - A lovely little place" Top 5 Page for this destination Santa Catalina Island by pigletsmom

Santa Catalina Island Travel Guide: 211 reviews and 462 photos

If you are in Southern California, you should not miss the city of Avalon and the island of Catalina.
A day trip is lovely and quite different from the rest of Los Angeles and Orange County.
The island is full of things to see, and the nature is wonderful.

There are many tours that take you around the island by boat that are really wonderful. The boat trips are just a few hours long and very fun and pictuesque. You can see flying fish, sea lions, and the water is so clear you can see the orange garibaldi fish from the boat, or shore.

The Casino is an interesting tourist attraction on Avalon. It was never used as a Casino, but as a dance hall. It is still used as a movie theatre. It was built in the 1930s, and has some lovely tile and iron work on the building.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Beautiful island only an hour away from Long Beach
  • Cons:The boat ride over and back can be a little uncomfortable
  • In a nutshell:Definately go for a visit. Well worth it.
  • Last visit to Santa Catalina Island: Aug 2003
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • RickinDutch's Profile Photo
    Mar 26, 2012 at 4:06 PM

    What fun visiting all my old haunts. Thanks for sharing. Was a camp counselor on Catalina Island many years ago - Camp Cherry Valley over by the Isthmus.

  • Callavetta's Profile Photo
    Feb 13, 2006 at 6:59 AM

    Nice page. I was thinking of taking a UK visitor to the island and your page is very helpful! Thank you.

  • BluBluBlu's Profile Photo
    Aug 10, 2005 at 6:50 AM

    Hi. This is now a must see on my next trip to LA...thankyou! Happy travels!

  • margaretvn's Profile Photo
    Jul 18, 2004 at 6:18 AM

    looks like a nice place to visit - thanks for the tips

  • freya_heaven's Profile Photo
    Apr 24, 2004 at 1:12 PM

    Great page, I love the Art Deco era, It looks like a lovely place to spend a day. Happy Travels (~_~)

  • XenoHumph's Profile Photo
    Apr 20, 2004 at 2:43 PM

    Excellent tips on this lovely island!

  • tpangelinan's Profile Photo
    Apr 16, 2004 at 6:19 PM

    Wow! Great page, we are beach & island lovers. This place looks perfect and love the view from the bus ride. Sounds like our kind of place! :o)

  • micas_pt's Profile Photo
    Apr 7, 2004 at 3:10 PM

    Good page about this lovely island. Snorkelling there sounds great.

  • evona's Profile Photo
    Apr 6, 2004 at 12:12 PM

    Really beautiful island!!! Greetings from Poland :)

  • mtncorg's Profile Photo
    Feb 27, 2004 at 3:10 PM

    Catalina is a wonderful getaway when LA simply seems to be too much. Nice ideas and great pictures.

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