More About Catalina Island, California
Catalina Island, California
An hour’s boat ride from Southern California, Catalina Island offers an idyllic escape for families. Its Hotel Atwater in Avalon recently reopened after a complete revitalization of the100-year-old property, and the Zane Grey Pueblo Hotel also underwent a recent refresh.
The Catalina Island Conservancy’s new Trailhead site helps visitors explore its protected green spaces, providing info on hiking, biking, and camping on the island, as well bookings for Eco Tours. Other tour options on the island include Bison Expeditions to see the descendants of a herd left behind by a movie crew in the 1920s, glass-bottom boat tours, and zipline tours that allow kids ages 5 and up to strap in (younger kids go in tandem with an adult). Families can also create their own DIY adventures by renting a golf cart, kayak, or motorboat. There’s good snorkeling at Lover’s Cove and public beach options at South Beach, Middle Beach, and Step Beach in Avalon. During the summer, the city sets up an inflatable obstacle course at South Beach.