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4 Nights too Long in Catalina?

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4 Nights too Long in Catalina?

My aunt and I are thinking about staying 4 nights on Catalina Island the beginning of May. My question for you: do you think we'll have enough to do to keep us busy? Other people she's asked think we'll be bored, but they haven't actually been to the island in many years. We aren't really the sit around on the beach types. We love to do day hikes, eat good food, and are thinking of trying the zipline.

Are there a lot of hikes we can easily get to without some kind of transportation? We are of course staying in Avalon. Are there other activities people would reccommend? I was thinking about kayaking, but I know it will still be pretty cool temperature-wise, so I'm guessing swimming is out? Is 4 nights just too long?

Sorry, that was a lot of questions jumbled together! Any advice would be appreciated!

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1. Re: 4 Nights too Long in Catalina?

OK, I was on Avalon on Tuesday. IMHO, 4 days is too much. The Ziplining is a half day thin, you could go Parasailing, it only takes about 2 hours, walking through downtown, going shopping and maybe play in the arcade (they have some mini-Bowling lanes) took us only a couple of hours. There is a full golf course, and a smaller pitch and putt greens (9 holes), plus mini-golf in downtown.

I wouldn't book more than 2 nights.

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2. Re: 4 Nights too Long in Catalina?

We've spend many 3-4 day weekends in Avalon and always find things to do. The idea is to go to the island, relax and sign up for what interests you.

We like getting a golf cart and driving around the city. Take a bus into the interior to see the Buffalo, go to Sally's Waffle Shop for breakfast, have a Buffalo Burger and Shake at Eric's on the Green Pier, have dinner at Armstrong's Seafood Restaurant over the water, have a meal out on the patio or the Catalina Country Club, play golf, or mini golf, have a waffle cone at Big Olaf's, glass bottom boat, etc.

Contact the tour center to see what interests you.


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3. Re: 4 Nights too Long in Catalina?

We usually go over for a long weekend. Fly or take the boat over on Thursday, and stay until Monday. We usually find plenty to do. We like to also take in a movie at the casino. We usually rent at Hamilton Cove so the golf cart is included but if you stay in town, renting a golf cart for an hour is always fun. As for hiking, you can walk around town and up the botanitcal gardens We've also walked back to Avalon from the airport but that's a 10 mile hike. I think you need a permit for that (we did that close to 20 years ago). But you could take one of the tours into the interior. And the ziplining looked great though we skipped it since they would not let my 9 year old go. He's done it 3 times on Kauai and it looked too tame for him! :)

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4. Re: 4 Nights too Long in Catalina?

We just returned from 4 nights on Catalina Island in February and loved it. It was not too long. It just depends on what your idea of a good day is. We stayed at Hamilton Cove condos and loved sitting on the deck overlooking the water, reading a good book. The Island pace is slow, so it's a great place to unwind and enjoy the quiet. You can walk anywhere within the town. Cab service is excellent. Golf carts are provided at Hamilton Cove for exploring or you can rent one, but they are pricey to rent. Get a massage, tour the Casino, stroll about town and enjoy chatting with the shopkeepers, take a boat tour, enjoy coffee and a scone on CC Gallagher's patio while watching the world go by, zip line at night or sit on the beach and watch others kayaking. This is not the place to go if you want constant activity but if you enjoy a relaxing holiday, 4 nights will be perfect.

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