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.
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