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“I had no idea there was so much to see and do on this little island.”

Catalina Island Visitors Bureau
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$73.50*
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Catalina Express Round-Trip Ferry Service: Long Beach or San Pedro to Avalon
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$134.49*
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Catalina Island Day Trip from Anaheim or Los Angeles with Optional Upgrades
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$92.56*
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Catalina Food and Walking Tour
Ranked #22 of 56 things to do in Avalon
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Reviewed January 16, 2012

There's something for everyone here--restaurants, hiking, botanical garden, museum, beaches, fishing, camping, biking, golfing, tennis, and more. If possible, it's best to purchase a package deal that includes round-trip reservation on the express boat ride over and one or two nights in a hotel on or near the waterfront. I say this after our one day whirlwind visit. We also had sunny, warm weather and uncrowded conditions contributing to our near perfectl visit. Once we arrived on the island, we hiked to the Wrigley Memorial and Botanical Garden which was a 1 1/2 mile gradual incline. However, there was no food or drink available the day we were there, so after the hike up, we were very hungry and thirsty. We then headed straight down the mountainside for one of the wharfside restaurants. After that, we headed for the Catalina Island Museum in the casino building. Along the path to the museum, we enjoyed the colorful tile murals that tell the history of Santa Catalina. Inside the museum, we saw a video of the island's colorful history, objects and pictures that revealed the native American history as well as the the island's glamorous past when the the Chicago Cubs held spring training and Hollywood stars escaped on their yachts. We had a few minutes to walk around the village waiting for the express boat trip back, savoring the delights of this serendipitous visit. We saw a lot in a short time, but there are so many more things to do there that I can't wait to go back.

5  Thank 1linvogel
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Reviewed December 16, 2011

Very informative and nice to deal with. Lots of things to offer people

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Reviewed December 2, 2011

My family and I visited Catalina Island the week before Thanksgiving 2011. We found a reduced rate for the boat trip online and enjoyed the 2 hour ride. When we arrived, we used a coupon for golf cart rental and spent 2 hours traveling around the island. The next coupon that we used was for 18 holes of minature golf. The coupon was for buy one
get one free. The island was very beautiful and we have many pictures to help remember
our trip to Catalina island. I would highly suggest using the internet to help plan your trips
and help to save money at attraction such as Catalina.

7  Thank Mom022
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Reviewed October 31, 2011

My husband and I came back from one week in Avalon, Catalina Island. This is the best one week you could give to yourself. Once there you quickly adjust to "island time" comtemplating your next move over an ice cream on the corner. There are several tours to choose, or rent a golf cart to tour the city. There are several activities available, walking, hiking, biking, water sports, tours and just sitting and watching the boats coming and going. All the people are very friendly and helpful. If you need a place to destress this is it, whether you spend a day, a week or a month. Avalon is a place where you can center yourself and yet it is just 26 miles from the Long Beach coastline.

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Reviewed October 18, 2011

Great way to learn about the history of the island! Exhibits change often so even if you have visited before, worth another visit.

Thank LilianaCASD
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