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Visited: August 1, 2015
Description: Island located 22 miles west of the California Coast.
Boat Ride: Catalina Express is the main ferry that takes you into Island (~45 minutes to 1 hour ride).
Reservations: Call 800-481-3470 or book online here.
Three major ports you can depart from the coast (we departed from San Pedro):
Parking: $12-16 depending on which port you leave from.
Things to do: Fuckin’ Catalina Wine Mixer! Parasailing, biking/golf-carting through the island, snorkeling, ziplining, helicopter tour, botantical gardens, mini golf, bowling
Pets: Dog-friendly. Dogs must be leashed and muzzled or in a crate/carrier on the Catalina Express Boat Ride.
Best time to go: Anytime, but especially on Your BIRTHDAY!!
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Bring: Camera, swimsuit, change of clothes, beach towel, seasick pills (if you get seasick), sunscreen, water
Fun Fact: Chicago Cubs had spring training on this island from 1921-1951.
Living in Los Angeles can be suffocating at times. With the busy grid-lock traffic, horrible air quality and long line at Porto’s (we just want our cheese rolls 😫), Catalina Island provides a temporary escape from the chaos just for a weekend.
While there are no cheese rolls in Catalina, this island is a perfect weekend getaway. Anyone who lives in Southern California must go at least once in their life. Riding golf carts to get around, parasailing, zip-lining, snorkeling, hiking, fishing and some much needed beach time is exactly what you need to de-stress from the exhausting city life.
Here are some of the things we got into:
Golf Carts – Catch the perfect view from all angles of the island!
Parasail Catalina – Buy one get one free on your birthday! (Must show ID)
Beach time – Relax and soak in that California sun
There are a ton of shops and restaurants that you can check out. Grab some fish and chips, ice cream and lay around the beach and take a nap. By the end of the day we were relaxed and ready to head back home. After all, all good things must come to an end… Back to the madness, we go.
- Catalina Island often has Groupon or Living Social deals. Check them out before you book your trip out there.
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