19…The Islands: Catalina Island & the Channel Islands

Funny how there are so many cool places to go near Los Angeles that even native California’s have not visited.  Catalina Island is one of those places.

I’ve been to Catalina twenty times or more.  I’ve sailed over on a Hobie Cat sailboat, I’ve taken the helicopter ride over – I’ve camped, stayed in the hotels along the beach and just skipped over there for a quick day trip.

Going to Catalina is like going on a mini tropical vacation.   It is just a 45-minute boat ride to the island from Long Beach.  The island is twenty-two miles long and eight miles wide, small enough that they don’t allow cars without a special permit – so there are a ton of little golf carts – and big enough that you could spot a buffalo on the hill side.  It is a pretty amazing place, with over fifty endemic species that occur naturally on the island and nowhere else in the world island.   The little town of Avalon is quaint and full of touristy things, like trinket shops and little tiki bars … go….lay on the beach, take a dip in the water, right the glass bottom boat, grab a fruity cocktail and take in the view!  What a lovely way to spend a day!

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