You will recognize your favorite destination when you arrive, but some things have changed.
Face coverings and social distancing are required in LA County and Catalina Island. If you're traveling to Catalina Island via the ferry or the helicopter, you'll be asked to wear a face covering in the terminal and the entire way over to Catalina Island. Ferries are operating at a limited capacity, to allow for social distancing and cleaning, so you're asked to make reservations at least 24 hours in advance, perhaps more on weekends. With fewer travelers, there's room to spread out. Get outside and enjoy the fresh ocean air on your journey over. Enjoy your favorite cocktail on the ride, like Catalina Express' famous Bloody Mary.
Once you arrive on the island, whether at the ferry terminal, heli pad or Green Pleasure Pier, you'll notice social distance markers and signs asking for face coverings to be worn. Shops, beaches, the Green Pleasure Pier, restaurants and activities are open. Face coverings are required along Crescent Avenue, along Casino Way, in shops, restaurants and activities; anywhere you're around others. If sitting at the beach, you should stay with your group and maintain 6 feet distance from those not in your group. The waterfront is open for swimming, sand castle building, frolicking and water sports.
Los Angeles County mandates call for restaurants to utilize outdoor dining and take out. Just a handful of our restaurants are closed. You'll find the majority of our restaurants are open with new fun outdoor dining options. Luau Larry's, home of the Wiki Wacker, NDMK Fish House and Coyote Joe's are operating in the evenings on South Beach while Maggie's Blue Rose, Steve's Steakhouse & Seafood and El Galleon are operating in the evenings on Middle Beach. Descanso Beach Club is open for lunch daily and is serving dinner on weekends. The new restaurant at the Holiday Inn Resort, The Cove Bar & Grill, has opened for breakfast, lunch and dinner and is offering poolside patio dining. Antonio's Cabaret is now serving breakfast in addition to lunch and dinner on its ocean front patio. The expansive patio at the Metropole Marketplace gives diners a place to enjoy open air meals from Coney Island West, Three Palms, Catalina Coffee & Cookie Co., Cafe Metropole and the M Restaurant. Check our Open Restaurants page for a complete list. Restaurants operating on the beach start serving at 5 pm. Beach goers are asked to move to the beach area below the seawall at that time.
Tours and Activities are operating with fewer guests to allow for social distancing. There are so many options for guests to enjoy. Take a hummer tour and explore Catalina Island's vast interior. Get some air and catch the views on a parasail excursion. Rent a golf cart and explore the hills and winding roads around Avalon. Rent a kayak or SUP, or snorkel at Lovers Cove. Fly through the air on the Catalina Zip Line Eco Tour. Swing from the trees on the Catalina Aerial Adventure. Play a round of mini golf.
Take a scenic 30 minute boat ride to Two Harbors and explore Catalina Island's west end village. Well known among boaters, it's a great spot to explore on foot, sit beach-side or enjoy Catalina Island's favorite cocktail, the Buffalo Milk. There are several spots to enjoy lunch or have a drink, just be aware that with recent mandates, food must be ordered when grabbing a cocktail.
If you really want to get away from it all, head for the hills. Our trails are open and all five of our campgrounds are open. Camp in Avalon at Hermit Gulch, in the heart of the interior at Black Jack, on the backside of the island at the secluded Little Harbor, in Two Harbors at Two Harbors Campground or at the remote west end of the island at Parsons Landing. There are also 17 primitive boat-in only campsites at locations between Two Harbors and Avalon.
Hotels, bed and breakfast inns and vacation rental companies are welcoming visitors. New things offered are touch-less check-in, enhanced cleaning protocols and delivered breakfast in lieu of a buffet. Due to state and county mandates, pools, spas and fitness centers may not be available at this time. Check with your accommodations for specific updates.
Find out more about What's Open on Catalina Island. You can also send us a message on Facebook or Instagram, send us an email at email@example.com, give us call at 310-510-1520 or stop into our Visitor Center located at the end of the Green Pleasure Pier.
We look forward to welcoming you to beautiful Catalina Island!