Just a short ferry ride from Long Beach or Newport Beach in southern California, Santa Catalina Island is the only island in the Channel Islands archipelago that is developed for tourism. If you have lived in California for any time, you have likely heard about it, but probably don’t realize just how easy to get to it really is. If you are visiting Southern California, then you should consider adding a day trip to Santa Catalina Island to your itinerary.
Catalina Island is often compared to quaint Mediterranean coastal towns and has a distinclty different feel than the rest of California.
Witness the slow paced life at coastal towns:
Residents of the two main coastal towns of Avalon and Two Harbors are friendly and enjoy the slow pace of island life. Everything on the island is more expensive, including gas, food, and building materials, as everything must be brought in by boat or on one of the regular supply barges.
Feel the serenity:
Very few vehicle permits are allowed, so locals use bicycles, ATVs and modified golf carts as their primary means of transportation, which provides a dramatic contrast to the congested freeways of nearby Los Angeles
Discover the diverse culture and activities:
Once there, visitors will discover a rich cultural history and a multitude of activities to suit all tastes. The island is not well known for some of its most interesting claims, including being home to the first golf course in California, the birthplace of modern sport fishing, home to the famous Wrigley Estate, and for its famous Bison herds, which now roam the beaches after being imported and left behind by a film production back in the 1950s.
Enjoy the organic life in its natural habitat:
Catalina island’s land and near-shore waters is protected by the Catalina Island Conservancy, are comitted to preserving the original animal and plant life, as well as protecting the bison herds. Catalinas waters contain an abundance of marine life and biodiversity around its thriving reefs and in the deep channels, making it a prime destination for eco-tourists, scuba divers and biologists.
Getting to Catalina island:
Planning your Catalina Island Vacation is surprisingly easy. Access to the island is by ferry, private charter boat, or helicopter. The catalina ferry service is the most convenient, with many departure/return trips and is inexpensive. There are several Catalina ferries which run regularly year-round with extra trips during the summer months.
Most island visitors take the Catalina Express, a high speed catamaran which departs from Long Beach and completes the trip in about an hour. Departing from Newport Beach, the Catalina Flyer is another triple decker high-speed catamaran the also offers service to Catalina Island. Whichever Catalina Ferry you choose, the ride is usually smooth and comfortable with beautiful views of the southern California coast and frequent schools of dolphins, and migrating whales to make your voyage exciting and memorable.
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