Getting to Catalina

Catalina is only accessible by ferry (the Catalina Express or the Catalina Flyer are great options) or helicopter, and is easiest to access from Long Beach, just south of LA. Once you arrive on the island, you’ll find that cars are not allowed, making it a peaceful and quiet escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. Instead, visitors can get around by walking, biking or taking a golf cart.

Where to stay

Whilst in Catalina there are a number of great places to stay. Hotel Metroploe , named after the first European settlement on the island, is a luxurious and charming option located in the heart of Avalon. With its Victorian-style architecture and stunning ocean views, Hotel Metropole is the perfect choice for a romantic weekend away.

Another great choice is the Snug Harbour Inn. This cozy bed and breakfast offers a more intimate and personalized experience, with just 6 rooms available. Each room has its own unique charm and character, making for a truly special stay.

Or, if you’re looking for stunning views over Avalon, then Mt Ada Bed and Breakfast is a must. This former home of the Wrigley family (of chewing gum fame) has been converted into a luxurious B&B with 6 rooms, each offering breathtaking views over the ocean.

What to do

One of the best ways to experience Catalina’s natural beauty is by hiking one of its many trails. The Trans-Catalina Trail spans 37.2 miles, offering breathtaking views of the island’s coastline and interior landscapes. For a shorter but equally scenic hike, the Hermit Gulch Loop takes you through canyons, forests and offers stunning ocean vistas. And for those looking for a more challenging trek, the TCT High Route takes you to higher elevations with panoramic views of the island and surrounding ocean.

For water lovers, there are a variety of activities to choose from, including snorkeling, scuba diving, and kayaking. The crystal-clear waters surrounding Catalina are home to a diverse range of marine life, making it an ideal destination for underwater exploration. You can also take a glass-bottom boat tour or rent a kayak to explore the island’s coves and secluded beaches.

Another must-do activity in Catalina is whale watching. The island’s location along the migration path makes it a prime spot for spotting these majestic creatures during their annual journey from Alaska to Baja California. From December to April, you can join a boat tour and witness these incredible animals up close as they breach, spout, and play in the ocean.

Surprisingly, there are also bison on the island! A herd is there since a few bison were left behind decades ago after movie was filmed on Catalina. Seeing the bison is another must do activity.

If you fancy a more relaxing break, then Descanso beach club has you covered. Rent a cabana and enjoy the atmosphere.

A romantic weekend in Catalina offers the perfect blend of tranquil nature and adventurous activities. With its stunning scenery and charming small-town atmosphere, this hidden gem off the coast of California provides a picturesque backdrop for couples looking to reconnect with each other and the great outdoors. From hiking to kayaking to whale watching, there are endless opportunities for outdoor exploration and adventure. And for those seeking a more relaxing break, Catalina also offers luxurious accommodations and stunning beaches perfect for lounging and unwinding. With its diverse range of activities and breathtaking views, Catalina is the ideal destination for a romantic weekend getaway.

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