Things to do in Catalina Island Avalon

Things to do in Catalina Island Avalon

Being a Southern California native, I have been to Catalina Island Avalon SO many times. I think it’s such a great place to relax and enjoy a short getaway. The town is so quaint that it gives you small town vibes, but there is still so much to do and explore there! Not only do you have the beach, but they have some pretty cool greenery as well. There are a lot of activities for all ages and different activity levels.

Regardless if you are someone who just wants to relax by the beach type or an adrenaline junkie, there is always something in Catalina Island Avalon. I am really going to focus on the relaxing aspects that this beautiful island has to offer because I love to use Catalina Island as my little getaway spot. I mainly go to relax. There is something about this island that is so peaceful and relaxing.

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First things, first. How can you get to this beautiful island? You need to get to Southern California first. There are 2 ways to get to Catalina; either by boat or helicopter. Check out the official Catalina website to get more details on how to get there! There are ports in Los Angeles, and in Orange County. No matter where you are in Southern California, you are only a boat ride away from this super fun island!

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Relaxing Things to do in Catalina Avalon, California

The activities listed below are for my friends who just want to sit and relax, but still, enjoy the beauty and fun of Catalina Island Avalon. These activities are especially good for kids or others in your party that cannot handle a lot of excitement. You are able to experience the island at YOUR own leisurely pace.

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Descanso Beach

Descanso Beach is a super nice and relaxing beach in Catalina Island, Avalon. Although, there is a small fee to enjoy this beach, it is totally worth it! Usually, the price deters others from going there, which limits the crowds. You can sunbathe with a refreshing umbrella drink, or enjoy the water. There is also an option to rent some water sports equipment, like, kayaks or paddleboards.

Glass Bottom Boat

If you have kids, or traveling with the grandparents, the infamous glass bottom boat is a great option! It’s really fun to watch the kiddos look for the sea life. I think this is a good excursion for those only with kids because it’s quite boring for everyone else. It’s hard to see anything because all the kids are taking up all the space and sometimes the bottom of the boat is super dark so all you end up seeing is seaweed.

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The glass bottom boat tours are a nice way to get a relaxing boat ride in Catalina Island Avalon. It’s so iconic that I would say it’s something to do at least once for the experience. But, I would not do it again as it is quite boring.

Golf Cart Tour

Exploring Catalina Island Avalon with a golf cart is super fun! Not only is it really cool to drive a golf cart, but you can stop when you want for some photos. Of course, there is a map so you won’t get lost and they marked the great photoshoot spots. Check out Catalina’s Golf Cart Rental for more info. If you have the opportunity, and you want to explore the island your own way, on your own time, then this is the perfect excursion for you! It’s a nice and relaxing way to see all the views that Catalina Island Avalon has to offer.

Things to do in Catalina Island Avalon
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Walks

Catalina Island Avalon is quite small. If you are able to, a great way to see the island is by walking. The best part is totally FREE! From the port, the casino walk is not far away. You literally just follow the water until you hit the casino. A walk to the casino is about 15 minutes. But make sure to stop and take photos along the way! There are some really great photoshoot spots on the way to the casino! This casino walkway for example is a great place to get some really pretty shots. The arches inside this tunnel make really cool photos as well.

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Along the main boardwalk, there is an ice cream and gelato place called Scoops! Their Salted Pretzel Stacciatella is TO DIE FOR. Every time I’m in Catalina Island Avalon, I go get myself a scoop… or like 3. (I’m not even kidding, it’s so good!)

If you continue along the boardwalk, there is the green pier. If you have never been here before, it’s a cute little walk. You can get some great photos here. It’s definitely something to see, but there is not that much to do on this pier as it is quite small. They have a great fish and chips place here, but it can get really busy, so I opt for another spot that’s just as good and it is not as crowded.

If you walk down a little bit further, there is Coney Island West. I LOVE their fish and chips. This is like a little hole in the wall. It’s a little further off the “main” boardwalk so it does not get as crowded and that why I love it. Their fish and chips are really crispy and perfectly salted. I really do not eat anywhere else when I am in Catalina Island Avalon, just because I love the fish and chips here. They have a full burger joint type menu so if fish and chips aren’t your thing, they so much more for you to choose from!

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Photoshoot

Catalina Island Avalon has so many cute aspects that are great places to host a photoshoot. Many of the homes are painted really fun colors, or have some intricate design painted on them. There is the famous pink hotel, Catalina Hotel St. Lauren. The vintage bus is another really cute fun find perfect for a photoshoot. Of course, you have the casino archway (mentioned above).

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All of the things mentioned above are very easy things to walk to. And most are really easy to spot. If you walk down Summer and Eucalyptus Street you can find so many colored homes that make really cute photos.

The vintage bus is a really fun find. It usually does tours, so you may see it around. But when tours are not in session, you can find it parked somewhere around town. When I went last, we were lucky enough to find it next to the visitors and attractions booth on Summer Avenue. But in the past, I have also found it next to the mini-golf area.

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Adventurous Things to do in Catalina Island Avalon

For my adventure seeking travelers! Catalina Island Avalon has so much to offer you! There are so many different things you could do to ensure that the adrenaline keeps pumping. There are water things to do, and air elements perfect for you. Make sure to check out the Catalina website for more information.

For my water loving friends, make sure you check out snorkeling or scuba diving. These are super fun ways to explore the water surrounding this island. I have heard that the fishes are super colorful and the underwater views are amazing!

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For my friends who are not afraid of height, make sure to look into a parasailing or zip line activity. I have done both of these activities in other places, but it is always super fun. You cannot go wrong with the amazing views of the island. These activities are super fun and definitely something to try.

If you need other travel ideas for the Southern California area, click here! Laguna Beach is close to Avalon and another great spot to enjoy your time in the area. On a day that doesn’t have a lot of fog, you can actually see the island! Make sure you check it out! If you are looking for another cute getaway look no farther than Sedona, Arizona. You still get the small town charm, and there are still so many different activities that you can do. Click here to Read.

SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS

Have you been to Catalina Island Avalon? If so, what are your thoughts on these activities? What’s your favorite thing about the island? If you haven’t been, what’s something you absolutely want to try? I would LOVE to know your thoughts and opinions. Let me know in the comments down below!

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