Want to take an Island vacation but Hawaii is just a little out of reach?
Catalina Island, just off the coast of Southern California, makes a perfect day trip, or stay over at one of the hotels, many with incredible vistas.
Life slows down the minute you step off the Catalina Ferry.
In the tiny Avalon, enjoy food, boutiques, and Descanso Beach where you can rent cabanas (book ahead!) You won’t want to miss the famous art deco Catalina Casino, which is now is a cultural center with a movie theater, ballroom, and museum.
Make it easy peasy with boat/hotel packages from the Catalina Express.
Only 22 minutes by boat but feels a world away.
Editor’s note: we’ll be traveling there soon to give an in-depth look at all the Island has to offer.