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Avalon, California is the largest city on Santa Catalina Island off the coast of Southern California and has a Mediterranean feel that will make you feel very removed from city life. The island is accessed via ferry departing from the Long Beach or Newport Beach areas, or by plane. It is a beautiful and easy retreat from the crowded Los Angeles metro area, and is a fantastic destination for anyone that loves water sports or hiking.
Things to do in Avalon
Avalon may be located on a small island, but there are many things to do when visiting. One of the most popular options in Avalon is to visit the famous Catalina Island Casino. It’s been a focal point on the island for entertainment since it opened in 1929. The casino offers great entertainment, with live shows, a museum on the first floor, and stunning views from its perch above the Avalon Bay. To relax, check out Descanso Beach, the best in Avalon and one of the most popular beaches on the island for bathing in the sun. The Descanso Beach Club is located on the beach and has a restaurant that will deliver drinks and food to you on the beach. Additionally, you can rent towels, chairs and umbrellas. From the beach club, you can head to the Catalina Zipline Eco Tour, which has five different zip lines that propel you at speeds up to 30 miles per hour starting in the high in the hills near Avalon and descending through Descanso Canyon. Another fun place to go is the Wrigley Memorial and Botanic Garden, dedicated to William Wrigley Jr., the founder of the Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company renowned for its chewing gum. He was a long time benefactor of the island, and the beautiful botanical garden features plants that are native to California islands, especially species only found on Catalina Island. If you’re interesting in golfing, Avalon is home to the beautiful Catalina Island Golf Course, the oldest operating golf course west of the Rocky Mountains, which opened in 1892. This scenic, 2,100-yard course has nine challenging holes and two sets of tees for 18-hole play. While you’re in Avalon, get out on the water by taking a boat tour or a fishing charter with companies like Catalina Expeditions Tours and Afishinados Charters for an exciting day on the water.
Day trips from Avalon
There aren’t too many day trip opportunities from Avalon, given its location on secluded Catalina Island. You can spend an entire day on the hiking trails, go snorkeling, or sail around the island. If you want to get to the mainland and visit a city area, you can take the 1.5-hour ferry to Dana Point or Newport Beach and then drive to San Diego, which would total about a 2.5-3 hour trip. San Diego has Sea World, the San Diego Zoo and a Wild Animal park, while the fun downtown area has great shopping and restaurants. San Diego is a great golfing destination, so bring your clubs with you and you could checkout Torrey Pines or Colina Park Golf Course.
There are beautiful vacation rentals in Avalon with views of the water and the pristine mountains of the island. This is an ideal way to vacation so that you can enjoy peace and quiet while being within walking distance from the main action. Look for rentals around Avalon Bay or near the casino like off of Crescent Avenue or St. Catherine Way.
Transportation in Avalon
Around Avalon, the primary mode of transportation is by golf cart or walking. The streets are very narrow and the town is crowded and small, so this works out very well. There are golf cart rentals available and bike rentals available in Avalon. There’s also the Avalon Shoreboat, a water taxi that will take you quickly to different spots along the coast of Avalon.