Explore Santa Catalina Island
There are eight islands that make up Channel Islands, five of which are a part of the Channel Islands National Park and six of them are open to the public. As if sandy beaches weren’t enough, we have these beautiful islands right off the coast of Southern California. Although there are six different islands to choose from, we’ll be focusing on the beautiful island of Santa Catalina and how you can get there as well as where to stay and what to do.
Santa Catalina is known for its panoramic views, wildlife and laid back European vibe. Lucky for us, we can take a ferry over to Catalina Island from Long Beach! The speedy catamaran will get you there in just about an hour and tickets are around $37. For those wanting a different experience, there is also an express helicopter service which costs about $200 round trip and you will be at the island in 15 minutes. If you happen to be a boat owner you’ll be thrilled to know that Catalina island welcomes SoCal residents and their boats!
Catalina Island has two towns so you will have several options to choose from as far as hotels go, but you also have the option to camp if you wish to do so. Avalon is one of its two towns which offers a selection of shops and restaurants, the two main hotels here are Pavilion Hotel and Hotel Atwater. Harbors Town is for the outdoor lovers, as this is the island's end that will offer lots of hiking, kayaking, snorkeling and so much more! Lodging options here include historic Banning House Lodge, comfortable camping cabins and more.
As you can see, there is lots for us to do and explore while visiting Santa Catalina. Whether it's a day trip or an overnight stay at either a coastal hotel or nice cozy campground, you will find yourself in awe of the beauty around you!