Southern California August 16, 2016
Definitely Take A Summer Day Trip To This Charming Town In Southern California
The tiny town of Avalon on Catalina Island may only be one-square mile in size, but for such a small place it sure packs a lot of punch. Hugging the pristine waters of Avalon Bay, this picturesque getaway will completely refresh you and make you feel like you’re a million miles away even though it’s just a short ferry ride to get here.
Want to take a look at what to expect during your visit? Or perhaps you’ve traveled here before and want to relive the wonderful memories? Let’s take a look.
Quaint and charming are two words you often hear when people talk about Catalina Island, especially when it comes to the main town of Avalon -- the heart and soul of this memorable getaway.
To get to Avalon on Catalina Island you can travel by helicopter, which sounds a little fancy for me. Or...
Do what the rest of us do and take a relaxing ferry. There are three spots to catch a ferry to Catalina Island -- Long Beach, Dana Point, and San Pedro. Just pick the location closest to you and you're on your way to experience a day trip of a lifetime!
You've arrived! Isn't it beautiful!? What shall we do first?
If you're wondering about transportation, you won't find many cars in Avalon due to vehicle restrictions. This only adds to the charm of this tiny Island. If you do need some wheels to get around, there are plenty of golf carts to rent. Biking is also an option for exploring this SoCal gem with only two wheels.
With all of these lovely walking paths that hug the Bay, there's truly no need for a car.
Plus, half the fun is exploring this island on foot. You can see so much more when you're not behind the wheel.
Isn't the scenery captivating? What a great spot to stop and take a picture of all the boats dotted along Avalon Bay.
What a photogenic little island that shows its beauty at every angle. There's not a bad view around!
If you want a little sand in your toes, there's a beautiful stretch of beach right off the main street where you can have some fun in the water...
Or just spread out a towel and catch a few rays to work on that golden SoCal tan.
After a long day of fun, stroll down the main street and do a little window shopping. Or grab a bite to eat at one of the yummy restaurants.
But save room for ice cream, as a trip to Catalina Island wouldn't be complete without stopping for a frozen treat or an iced espresso in the afternoon.
If you get tired of the majestic view of Avalon Bay (like that's going to happen) you can head to Wrigley Botanic Garden for a change of scenery. Enjoy this healthy walk along the way and burn off a few calories from all the fun you've been having.
Or maybe take a Glass Bottom Boat Ride tour to see what kind of beauty you can find underwater.
One thing's for sure: you must squeeze in some time to see this historic casino. Depending on what day and time you visit, you might be able to see a live concert or catch a movie inside the vintage cinema.
If you're able to extend your day trip into an overnighter, you're in store for this delicious sunset....
And this spectacular sunrise the next morning. Nothing like waking up to the sight of this stunning and serene Bay.
Now that's my kind of trip! No wonder so many people are in love with this little slice of beauty.
Moral of the story: Head to Avalon today. As in right now. Are you there yet? You won’t find a more stunning place to take a day trip in all of Southern California, especially one that makes you feel like you’re a million miles away.