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A perfect day or overnight trip is a visit to Catalina Island. Get there by heading "26 miles across the sea" via the Catalina Express, the high-speed ferry that leaves from Long Beach. Book into... Read More
A perfect day or overnight trip is a visit to Catalina Island. Get there by heading "26 miles across the sea" via the Catalina Express, the high-speed ferry that leaves from Long Beach. Book into their Commodore Lounge for comfortable seating and excellent views and keep an eye out for whales or dolphins going by during the one-hour trip to Avalon, Catalina's main city. Spend the night at the cozy new Pavilion Hotel, located right on Crescent Avenue, the town's bustling main street, and settle in for lunch just down the block at Steve's Steakhouse. That award-winning restaurant has expansive views of Avalon's famous harbor and serves up some of the best steak and seafood on the island. Plan to be at the Catalina Casino at 3 p.m., to experience the behind-the-scenes tour of that fascinating Art Deco building, built in 1929, that has played host to everyone from Cary Grant and Errol Flynn to Marilyn Monroe and John Wayne. Check out the Catalina Museum there, too, to learn about the UFOs that were once spotted here, and all about the rest of the island's star-studded history. Dine at Bluewater Avalon, have the famous Wiki Wacker rum cocktail at Luau Larry's and be sure to experience some exciting rides through the skies at the Zip Line Eco Tour.
- Best Attractions & Activities: "Rent a golf cart from Catalina Auto and Bike Rentals and explore the island. Head high up for fabulous views of the beautiful bay."
- Recommended as Best Attractions & Activities Because: The closest island to L.A., Catalina has always drawn Hollywood stars, scuba divers, yachtsmen and anyone who wants to escape from the hustle and bustle.