Easy to get to by ferry
No half day or three quarter day boats...only one charter service
small island, great lobster
It reads: This day or evening walking tour will guide you through haunted Avalon; over the very burial ground the village was built upon. Drop in on a variety of historic locations which are sue to raise the hair on your neck with their paranormal activity. You will become entwined with the unsolved mysteries, scadalous tales, ghostly sightings,...more
We love to find places like these for the boys, although they were not with us this trip. Yet I like to scout them out for VT, especially those young at heart or those who have little ones. I was thrilled to see a duckpin bowling alley. Discription from the web site: Three Palms is proud to offer four lanes of mini-bowling, or duckpin bowling....more
Wow. Beautiful and sensational feel. New. Luxury. Great view from the roof. Quiet at night. The...more
We just LOVED this bed and breakfast. It was perfectly located and had so many lil' amenities! ...more
Avalon is Santa Catalina's main and really only town on the Island. Yes, there are camp grounds, an...more
This place has really good food and priced reasonalble too. My only complaints is the service is not that great. We were on the waiting list and they had a couple sit down without being on the list before the couple who was in front of us. They were not happy and I don't blame them. I did let the management know and the waitress who did it, was...more
Eric's on the Pier is a beach food joint and that is not being derogatory. A great hunger comes over you in Avalon as you walk the almost 100 year old green Pleasure Pier. Eric's on the Pier has been around almost as long satisfying the human food frenzy that takes place above the water as the fish have their food frenzy under the water. You take...more
Okay. Not that much to do at night in Avalon during the week, but come Friday night and Luau Larry's is jumping right through Saturday night with the sounds of Gil Torres on guitar from 8 pm till Midnight. This is a "locals" bar that has a few tourists mixed in for the fun and fun, food, and drinks is the name of the game. So, don't be shy, jump on in and join the fun. Seems like a hole-in-the-wall location, but from the inside looking out, well, it still seems like a hole-in-the-wall. Cozy with lots of fun, especially if your have a "WikiWacker" (rum and brandy with tropical juices).
The slogan of Luau Larry's is "Where the bar meets the bay" and if you have had one too many, you just might wind up in the bay. Food is also served here and I tried the Kaleponi Sandwich filled with roast beef and ortega chilies with cheese smothering the top. Nicely done within a french roll. Lots of snack foods here to help keep you happy along with the many cocktails, including a 45oz. "Larry's Blaster" special, that will have you crawling not walking back to your hotel.
Dress Code: There is a dress code, no nudity. Other than that, anything goes. It is one of the few party locations on the Island.
They have several golf cart companies. Some require online reservations and some of the companies do not have required reservations. I made an online reservation and by reserving two hours, they give you an extra 1 hour free, so it was well worth the price because we were able to explore all of Avalon. Once our time was up, we strolled around and...more
There are three locations for the Catalina Express: We boarded at the 320 Golden Shore, Long Beach, CA. Located downtown Long Beach is located in the heart of the city, along the waterfront beside the Pike and the Aquarium of the Pacific. The trip was very pleasant and stable. We got in line early so we could have a window. The trip only takes an...more
This is a very unique little store. It has lots of wonderful gifts and souvenirs. It also caters to handcrafted gifts plus Scrapbook and complete Needlecraft shop: Wood, Jewelry, Ceramics, Flags, Scents, Supplies for Knit Crochet, Quilt, Cross-stitch Embroidery, Needlepoint, and Weave.more
Black script and artwork on a white shirt comes to life in living color under the sunlight. That is what Del Sol Catalina has waiting for you. This unique combination of science and sunshine brings black and white into full living color art work on shirts, hats, tank tops, swimming suits, shorts, tote bags and even nail polish.Go inside or out of...more
One of the many small pleasures about Avalon is that the town has placed many cement benches along the harbor. Time slips away as you sit and enjoy the scenic harbor with the many boats and ships coming and going. The locals seem to enjoy facing the street side to watch the tourists walking by. Either way, you feel refreshed and ready to walk on...more
Basically a beach resort Catalina Island is geared towards all things outdoors. While we were walking along the waterfront a large group of divers were getting ready to take a dive. There are so many activities you can choose from snorkeling, diving, swiming, beach activities you are sure to find them here.more
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Swimming in the ocean has a nice relaxed feel to it. You feel like one with nature. The problem in Avalon or anywhere near the shore on Santa Catalina Island is that elephant kelp grows wild here. You know about seaweed and how you can get tangled in it, well elephant kelp is even easier to become tangled in. So, keep your eyes below water as well as above for the kelp and keep your distance. When snorkeling, you like to follow a fish or swim underwater close to the sandy bottom. Well, in Santa Catalina waters, the currents run fast and you can be 10-15 feet away from the elephant kelp and a current headed in your direction can have the kelp reach you. If you do get into the kelp beds, work your way up slowly and don't kick hard, nice and easy does it and you will be fine.
Avalon is about 1 square mile and the areas you can ride a golf cart is about the same. Cost makes this a tourist trap. It is $40.00 per hour cash, yes cash, and that is even if you stop to go somewhere to sight-see, rest or eat. So, a ten minute ride to visit a site for 40 minutes and a ten minute ride back is a total of 20 minutes driving the...more
We ran outta some of our 'diet' foods and visited their grocery store to stock up...MISTAKE! Pack well and avoid the high prices if possible! DON'T get caught having to buy things you could have brought with you! The prices for bathing suits, towels and other beach/home items are outrageous! Look for the unique at the shops...they're still great...more
Pack your beach gear so that when you want to go in the water for a swim or to snorkel you will have the things you need. A swimsuit, no nude beaches. A hat for keeping your head cool. Flip-flops to walk around in. Beach/water shoes to avoid the rocks in the sand and maybe even sunblock.more
The weather is nice year round here...but you might wanna bring some layers for the evening hours dependent on the time you come...it can get quite 'fresh' sometimes. Prices for these items are HIGH! Try to remember all you'll need...and those you just might need as well. The views from many places on the island are gorgeous! You won't want to...more
Accross the street from The Tune Club is this huge slab of stone with two plaques. It appears there were three and one is missing. They read:Charles Frederick Holder~Author Naturalist Sportsman 1851-1915This tablet is placed here by friends of the naturalist who devoted himself to the the preservation of wild game and sea life; who awakened the...more
You never know when you are going to find these lovely tiles murals. Located on Front Street (Crescent Ave) on the way out to the Cabrillo Mole. When I stop to read these and take a photo, it catches others attention to see what I am doing. Each time, someone stopped to read them too:)Dedicated to:Ethel Rosin IrmasBorn June 2, 1895 Avalon, Santa...more
The ScubaLuv dive shop in Avalon runs a boat called the King Neptune. It is almost always 3 tank diving at 3 different sights. In general, they have a good system to handle quite a few divers, (up to about 25).No guide goes into the water, but everyone gets a breifing on where to see stuff and what to expect.The typical scheudle is to meet at the...more
If you go to Avalon on Santa Catalina Island and don't want to stay on a beach, in the water or shopping around, try golfing. Yes, on perhaps one of the oldest golf courses in California, 1895, it now is an executive 9 hole course of 2,100 yards with par of 32. The Catalina Island Golf Club allows public useage of the course and you can get in 18...more
Your on your little Island and you want to get away from it all. Too many tourists yakking up a storm and disrupting your tranquility. What to do? Get out on the ocean away from the maddening crowd and kayak your way to peaceful bliss. The best place to do this is away from the crowds to begin with and that is to walk past the Casino and go to the...more
Getting to Santa Catalina Island is most often done by boat or cruise ship. Once there, you usually dock at Avalon, the only town on the Island. Looking around and you see the quaint homes on the hillsides. Looking up to the south hills and you spot this pointed roof house, Queen Anne style of classic Victorian architecture, that stands out sitting...more
The kids loved this. We took a walk on the pier and came across people feeding the seals. There was a guy selling bags of small fish to feed the seals and we purchased a bag for my duaghter.The seals swim around waiting for the fish to be thrown into to the water. It was fun seeing my daughter get all excited about this.more