5 Spontaneous Things to Do in Catalina Island






The Best Things to Do in Catalina Island

1. Parasailing

Is your biggest fear heights or a fear of drowning? You’ll be perfectly safe parasailing in Catalina Island — however, there is a sense of thrill and adventure. Have your own James Bond moment.

Parasailing in Catalina Island | Things to do in Catalina Island from the blog Travelbreak.net


2. Kayaking

Are we in the South of France? Kayaking in Catalina was a great way to stay active and cool off with a view. We did the kayak tour to Moro Rock. If you’re really up for a challenge, you can sign up for a kayak & camping trip and see the entire island by kayak.

3. Look out points in Avalon

One of the best things to do in Catalina Island is to enjoy the view! You can do a quick 15 minute walk to get to this view point, or do a more aggressive 35 minute hike to the view point.

 Directions to the look out point:

Walk past the pier towards Island Spa ,to the right is a staircase.
Take the staircase — you’ll get a beautiful view, but that’s not it!
Continue left through the stairs passing homes. You’ll end up on Hill Street.
Walk through Hill Street until you hit a road. Turn right and allow it to weave left.
Walk up the road towards the Chimes Tower. Again, no the view point!
Continue past it, past another set with trees framing the view. You’ll finally hit flat ground that is clearly a viewpoint.

4. Island Resort & Spa

For total relaxation, sign up for a massage or facial at the Island Resort & Spa. 

Massage / Island Resort & Spa | Catalina Island from the blog Travelbreak.net

Catalina Island Spa, Photo via Visit Catalina Island

5. Go for a swim!

If you want to go to Catalina Island and do absolutely nothing, get your feet wet and enjoy the view, you can do that too.

How to Get to Catalina Island: The Catalina Express

The ferry schedule and fares change seasonally, but you can get a round trip ticket for about $75 from Long Beach, Dana Point, and San Pedro. Parking at the ferry ports is $17/ day. You’re allowed two pieces of luggage up to 50 lbs each bag. 23”x23”x37” Maximum Bag Dimension. One Carry-On to be Stowed at the Seat.

Catalina Island Restaurants

I liked the Avalon Grille Catalina Island for steak and lava cake. I also recommend a hole-in-the-wall Mexican restaurant for the salsa verde carne burrito — The Sandtrap.

There’s no shortage of food, all-you-can-drink, and shopping on the beach strip.

Where to Stay

We stayed at the Pavillon Hotel in Avalon, courtesy of Visit Catalina & the Voyager’s Club.

I loved that the hotel is on the water, has fire pits, super friendly staff, and that the breakfast is included. Not to mention, we all loved the complimentary wine & cheese happy hour from 4:30 to 6 PM!

It’s a five minute walk from the ferry port, and hotel staff can meet you there to assist you with your luggage.

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