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Taking a Weekend Trip To Catalina Island

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Santa Catalina Island, often referred to as Catalina Island, is a must visit if you visiting Los Angeles on vacation or if you are a Los Angeles local. The weather is great, the views are absolutely breathtaking, and there are plenty of things for you to do.

Catalina Island is a great place to visit if you need a break from the fast-paced Los Angeles lifestyle. It's a wonderful vacation destination right here in the United States, which is why so many people visit the island each and every year.

What is there to do when I visit Catalina Island?

Catalina Island is popular for many reasons, but the beautiful views and the fun activities are some of the main attracting points for visitors. You can:

  • Explore the water. You can scuba and/or snorkel and often see beautiful fish, octopus, lobsters, sharks, and more. There are also companies offering fish charters, submarine rides and boat rides which have glass bottoms so that you can see the water and everything underneath you.
  • There are also many on-the-water activities including jet skiing, para-sailing, swimming, sailing, and more.
  • If you want to stay off the water, there are many other things you can do: biking, walking, hiking, camping, shopping, and more.
  • Go on the Catalina Zip Line Eco Tour. This is a fun zip line company that will take you high up in the air and at high speeds as well (sometimes over 40 miles per hour). You will get to see a lot of the area and you will have hosts that tell you all about the area - history, wildlife, and more.


Propel down 5 separate zip lines dropping from 600 feet above sea level with one run that is 1,100 lineal feet long all on its own. The zip line holds a certificate of excellence from TripAdvisor. This incredible experience will forever change your idea of what a tour should be. You will travel close to three quarters of a mile over five consecutive zip lines at heights of 300 feet above the canyon floor at speeds pushing 40mph.
Beginning at the Hog's Back gate, high in the hills near Avalon and descending through Descanso Canyon, you will pause at several eco-stations along the way before continuing on your journey. At each station, your hosts will give you a presentation on some of the unique and interesting aspects of Catalina Island, its wildlife, history, and the areas you are passing through. Eventually exiting at Descanso Beach your journey will last approximately 2 hours and your memories will last a lifetime.
Reach speeds of up to 40 miles an hour while crisscrossing Descanso Canyon. Soar 300 feet above the canyon floor with breathtaking views of the ocean.
Learn about the unique flora, fauna and history of the island from our naturalist trained guides and interpretive signs on each platform.
- See more at: http://www.visitcatalinaisland.com/activities-adventures/land/zip-line-eco-tour#sthash.A9z1hrjX.dpuf

How do I get to Catalina Island?

Catalina Island is a little over 20 miles from the mainland United States. Most people get to the island by cruise or ferry. The Catalina Express Ferry transports visitors from Long Beach to Catalina Island.

Once you get to Catalina Island, most people tour the island by foot or by renting a bike from one of the many bicycle stands.

How is the weather at Catalina Island?

One of the amazing things about Catalina Island is the great weather. The island has dry weather throughout the year (little rain), and you will often see temperatures between 50 degrees Fahrenheit to 80 degrees Fahrenheit.

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