A World Away, Just An Hour Away
A little more than 20 miles from the coast of southern California, Catalina Island feels like an ocean away from the bustling mainland. But not only is it part of the state of California, it’s part of Los Angeles County.
Get To Know Santa Catalina Island
- 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.