If you never been you MUST go - to Catalina Island, California. Hawaii is fine if you're wealthy and don't mind all the tourists and Los Angeles is great if you can ignore the smell. But for the perfect romantic vacation free of overcrowding - visit Avalon in winter. It's cold, it's wet, but it's worth it; if you're only interested in sunbathing or swimming Catalina probably isn't the place for you any time of year. But in Winter the views are incredible, the rain (if you're lucky enough to have it) is beautiful - the best sleep machine EVER, and the activities are INCREDIBLE.
My wife and I came here and stayed at the Hotel Villa Portofino - the best hotel on the island, in my personal opinion, and took advantage of their winter-only Limited Offer package - on our 1 year anniversary in 2009. We saved enough to be able to enjoy the splendor of this beautiful island PLUS the package at the time included a free activity. We took advantage of the under sea tour which was AWESOME (although a little nauseating). We walked to the conservatory - another wonderful thing about visiting this paradise is everything is in walking distance, and we saw a movie in the incredible and beautiful Catalina Island Ballroom & Casino.
You MUST MUST MUST visit this place and if you DO STAY AT THE HOTEL VILLA PORTOFINO - this hotel is beautiful, accomodating, and affordable. With fireplaces in many of the rooms you can stave off the cold of winter (the only negative in my opinion) and enjoy the romantic views of the ocean.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Footsteps from the water, the best of Catalina is just outside our door. Enjoy your island getaway in an ocean view suite or beautifully appointed guest room. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Portofino Hotel Avalon
- Portofino Hotel Catalina Island/Avalon, CA