Catalina Island: Avalon

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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):

Catalina Island ports

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

This ACTUALLY exist now. The first official wine mixer was Sept 13th 2015. We just missed it!

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!!

If you are going on your birthday, click here to see all birthday promotions!

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.

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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!

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Peter, the chauffeur of the day!

Parasail Catalina – Buy one get one free on your birthday! (Must show ID)

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Beach time – Relax and soak in that California sun

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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.


@HikeSnobs Tips:

  • Catalina Island often has Groupon or Living Social deals. Check them out before you book your trip out there.
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3 thoughts on “Catalina Island: Avalon

  1. hello hike snobs its dennis the vizsla dog hay catalina iland!!! my mama and dada luv it their!!! tho they hav not ben for sum time sumthing abowt having a dog wot they cannot bord and hoo no wun can sit for i hav no ideea hoo they mite meen!!! ok bye

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