With a myriad of lodging properties, island visitors have many accommodations options, ranging from boutique hotels to historic homes to vacation rentals. And as summer turns into fall, we invite you to take advantage of Catalina's Second Summer! With great weather, fabulous events and so many things to do, summer doesn't end on Catalina Island. Extend your summer, book Two Nights and Get the Third Night Free at a dozen of our participating properties. For the best rates, stay Sunday through Thursday, through November 2, 2023.

Getting to Catalina

Where to stay in Avalon is just the first of many intriguing decisions to be made. Once you decide where you’ll be staying, your next step should be deciding how to get to Catalina Island. The main options include helicopter and Catalina Island passenger ferry, but private boat and private plane are also options. No matter how you choose to arrive, you'll find getting here is just the start of the adventure.

Catalina Island offers myriad activities and adventures

With three nights and four days on the island, visitors will have time to roam wild, experiencing many of Catalina Island ’s activities and adventures. Visitors will have no trouble filling their days with exciting things to do – or filling their days with nothing but relaxation.

Catalina Island’s pristine waters provide the perfect opportunity for adventure. Paddleboard and kayaks lure novices and expert paddlers alike to explore the ocean environment near Avalon. And scuba and snorkeling are two fascinating ways to experience the wonder underwater, in one of the most popular dive destinations in North America.

Your three nights on the island will allow for plenty of time for other outdoor pursuits as well. Spectacular scenery and unique wildlife make hiking on Catalina Island irresistible. Visit the Catalina Island Conservancy's Trailhead in Avalon for hiking permits, trail maps and information about what to expect. Mountain bike enthusiasts will find that the island provides an ideal environment for two-wheeled fun as well. Or get out into the hills on a bison tour and seek out Catalina's elusive herd.

Don’t forget to spend some time soaking in the seaside charms of Avalon, which reminds many of Italy’s picturesque coastal villages. Stroll along the waterfront and take advantage of the myriad Instagram-worthy views to show off your perfect California vacation. The city’s shops and boutiques offer an opportunity to discover an array of treasures to take home. Biking in Avalon is also popular, they can be rented on the island for the day. One of the most popular Avalon activities continues to be golf carts, which can be rented by the hour for a self-guided tour around town. Stop by the Catalina Museum for Art & History or the iconic Catalina Casino and explore Catalina's interesting and unique past.

Make time to explore a few newer and unique-to-Catalina adventures including Akuario presents Immersed: Ocean Wonders which takes visitors on a virtual SCUBA dive. Explore Catalina as never before on the Avalon Tasting & Cultural Walking Tour and delight in Avalon's award-winning cuisine. Become a Mermaid! Catalina Island Mermaids offer several unique experiences, including Mermaid photoshoots and Mermaid swim and diving experiences. Set sail aboard Catalina's own pirate ship, Vintage Vessel Voyages! Glide along the coast, enjoying the beautiful coastline from Mayflower's spacious deck, with her captain and crew acting as your private guides.

Where to dine on Catalina Island

Where to start your culinary adventure is the question you'll be asking. From fresh seafood to Mexican fare, to pizza and burgers, you'll find something for everyone at our Avalon restaurants. In addition to all the favorites, take time to explore our newer establishments including Catalina Cones, Topside by NDMK, Catalina Charlie's, Flx Biergarten and more.

No matter how you spend your time here will be a welcome escape from the pressures of everyday life on the mainland.