Catalina Island is located 22 miles off the coast of Southern California
near Long Beach. Ths island is 21 miles long and about 8 miles wide.
avalon is the principal town and main
ferry terminus. Discovered in 1542 by Juan Rodriguez
Cabrillo and later used for smuggling and piracy. Today it is a major
resort and sportsfishing paradise.
Some activities that you can enjoy on the island include golf, deep sea fishing, glass bottom boats, world-class diving parks,
snorkeling, biking, hiking, swimming, shopping, horseback riding, buffalo watching and so much more.
Catalina Island Buffalo
One of the oddities of the island is tracking a herd of some 300 bison that are not native
to the island. They were brought over in the early 1920's as backdrop for a movie (and their
scene was cut from the final edition).
Best Western Catalina Canyon Resort & Spa
888 Country Club Drive, Avalon, CA, 90704
Located in the quiet foothills above Avalon Bay, the lush courtyard, canyon setting, private patios and balconies are set in an architectural style that evokes thoughts of a Mediterranean Resort.
This is the main port and ferry destination for the island. Avalon was
founded in 1887 by George Shatto.
- Famous landmark is the
Casino Building housing the Casino Ballroom, a great location
for holding special events, and the Avalon Theatre, which shows first run
movies nightly. Call 310-510-7400 for info.
- Catalina Island Museum - Located at west
end of Avalon Bay - Momentos of islands past.
- Wrigley Memorial Botanical Garden - Near
Buffalo Run Half Marathon - Catalina Island [FEB]
Very challenging, hilly course on the East End of Catalina Island. Approximate 8 mile climb in dirt fire roads until the descent back into Avalon.
This half marathon course takes you from sea level to a 1600 foot elevation then returns to sea level. Spectacular views of San Clemente Island and Avalon.
This race also features the popular flat and fast Pebbly Beach 5K course on the paved road out to Pebbly Beach.
Catalina Island Marathon - Catalina Island [MAR]
Runners World 2007 ranked this race as the #1 off-road marathon in the world.
Enjoy some of the most breathtaking scenery while running 26.2 miles over the Island of Catalina.
The race traverses mostly dirt trails and roads through areas of the interior of the Island where very few have gone. The race starts in Two Harbors and runs to Avalon.
Catalina Island Triathlon [NOV]
1/2 mile bay swim / 16k bike course through Avalon / 3 mile island run.
Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival [OCT]
* 30 Different Stars of Smooth Jazz in the Avalon Casino Ballroom, Looking Out to Sea. One of the most unusual jazz festival destinations in the world.
Local Event Calendar
- 50 Mile Benefit Run - [Early Jan]
Run almost the entire length of the island - 310-510-0787.
- Fourth of July - Parade and Fireworks.
- Catalina Festival of Art - 310-510-0808.
- Catalina Island Traithalon - 714-978-1528.
- Catalina Express - Ferry service from
Long Beach and San Pedro - 800-360-1212.
- Catalina Cruises - Ferry service from
Long Beach and San Pedro - 800-228-2546.
- Catalina Passenger Service - Ferry service
from Newport Beach - 714-673-5245.
- Island Express - 20 Minute Helicopter ride
from Long Beach - 310-510-2525.
- Catalina Airlines - 40 minute flight from
San Diego - 619-292-7311.
- Santa Catalina Island Company - Tour Providor
- Catalina Adventure Tours - Tour Providor
- Catalina Interior Safari - TOur Providor
California Coastal National Monument
Established in 2000, the California Coastal National Monument runs the entire length of the
California coast (1,100 miles) between Oregon and Mexico, extends 12 nautical miles from the shoreline, and encompasses
thousands of BLM administered islands, rocks, exposed reefs, and pinnacles above mean high tide.
These provide forage and breeding grounds for significant populations of coastal birds and sea mammals.
Catalina Classic Paddleboard Race - [AUG]
32-mile race from Catalina Island to Manhattan Beach Pier
The Catalina Classic dates back to 1955 and is recognized as the king of long distance paddleboard races.
The race begins at the west end of the island, at Two Harbors on the Isthmus, and stretches toward the shore at Palos Verdes,
making a left turn off the coast there and ending at the Manhattan Beach Pier.
Camp Cherry Valley - BSA Camp
Most popular Boy Scout Summer Camp in the Western United States - Reservations required two years in advance.
Located on the leeward side of Santa Catalina Island , famous for a wide variety of water activities.