Catalina Island was featured in a July 2021 article and email newsletter called The Weekender, produced by TripAdvisor.

"Why we love Catalina Island
• Its Mediterranean-style landscape.
• Its Old World casino and beach club.
• And have we mentioned the bison?

Not long after the sun rises and the fog lifts along the Southern California coast, you can look out into the Pacific Ocean and spot the craggy mountaintops of Santa Catalina, otherwise known as Catalina Island. Catalina’s charm is as obvious as its giant peaks. This popular weekend getaway for Angelinos has the ability to completely transport you much farther than a mere 23 miles off the coast.

Just ask Roberto Perico, senior vice president of hospitality for Catalina Island Company, the main resort operator on Catalina Island. Perico moved here from Italy and was struck by all the similarities to his previous home."

“Avalon reminds me of the many small oceanfront towns in Italy such as Cinque Terre, Porto Cervo, Amalfi, or Capri where people gather on the main street, or by the plaza, throughout the day for shopping, dining, and entertainment,” he says. “As a local, I adore watching everyone walking around town, smiling and transmitting a sense of tranquility.”

To Perico, so much of Catalina feels European or “like home.” It’s all about “the ocean breeze, the dramatic coastline with its steep hills, the layout of the buildings, the architecture, and the quaint feel of the town.”

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