Catalina Island

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Catalina Island is a favorite spot for those in love with the outdoors and water sports, but the island also offers some exceptional dining experiences. Enjoy fresh seafood—on this island, restaurants often catch their own fish—at places like the NDMK Fish House and The Bluewater Grill in Avalon, or, in Two Harbors, Harbor Reef Restaurant.

  • Explore the oceanfront shops in Avalon.
  • Dine on local island cuisine.
  • Tour the island’s vast interior to see wild buffalo and dramatic coastline vistas.
  • Hike trails to hidden harbors and inlets or discover the crystal blue waters teeming with colorful fish by kayak, sailboat or snorkel.
  • Most visitors visit the city of Avalon, located on the southeastern leeward side of the island. 
  • Two Harbors is a small village on the west end of the island. A favorite destination for boaters, campers and adventurers— it is 40 minutes by boat or two hours by bus from Avalon. 
  • Encompassing 76-square miles and with more than 50 miles of coastline, Catalina Island is much larger than it seems. 
  • Nearly 90 percent of the island remains wilderness and is protected from development by the Catalina Island Conservancy. Access to the island’s interior is limited to permitted vehicles, bikers, hikers and authorized tour operators. 
  • Part of the Channel Islands, Catalina is the only island of the eight-island chain that has a permanent civilian population and regularly welcomes visitors. 
     

It’s all waiting for you on Catalina. Just an hour away from Long Beach. When you’re on Island Time, you’re always having the time of your life.

Catalina Island
Santa Catalina IslandShow map of the Los Angeles metropolitan areaShow map of CaliforniaShow all
Other namesCatalina IslandCatalina
Geography
LocationPacific Ocean
Coordinates33°23′N 118°25′W
ArchipelagoChannel Islands of California
Area74.98 sq mi (194.2 km2)
Highest elevation2,097 ft (639.2 m)
Highest pointMount Orizaba
Administration
United States
StateCalifornia
CountyLos Angeles
Largest settlementAvalon (pop. 3,460)
Demographics
Population4,096 (2010)
Pop. density55/sq mi (21.2/km2)

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