What’s New on Catalina Island
Regularly considered one of the best island getaways by media outlets nationwide, Catalina Island is located only 22 miles off the coast of Southern California. Catalina is a unique combination of a rich and historic past with a laid-back vibe. The island is filled with numerous water and land activities suited to all, with modern-day amenities and services for every budget.
All are welcome to dress and speak like pirates at Catalina Pirate Challenge one of two new Escape Rooms on the island. The Pirate Challenge allows participants one hour to solve a variety of riddles, uncover clues and escape from the room. For more information please call 310/510-2777.
The Escape Room Catalina operates very similarly. This Escape Room welcomes groups of two to eight to crack the code, solve the mystery, and escape the room in an hour. Room themes change with the season, creating fresh puzzles to solve. The challenges can be set up at the company location, a hotel room, or a vacation rental. The company location is 220 Metropole Ave #3 PBX 2246, Avalon. For more information please call 310/510-8575.
Catalina Aerial Adventure welcomes the new ropes-and-planks course that weaves through a grove of towering eucalyptus trees deep within Descanso Canyon. Other adventurous activities close by include Zipline Eco Tour and Catalina Climbing Wall.
Take a hike into the backcountry on the new-and-rehabbed Trans-Catalina Trail, part of a 165-mile system of recreational roads and hiking trails on the island. Catalina Conservancy has added 27 miles of new trails, renovated restrooms, and is removing non-native plants. The Catalina Trailhead Visitor Center is being built in downtown Avalon and is expected to be completed in late 2018 or early 2019. For more information please call 310/510-2595, or visit CatalinaConservancy.com.
Catalina Backcountry is running a concierge service for outdoor enthusiasts. The company transports supplies and equipment and offers naturalist-led hikes. They can also set up comfort camping or create an adventure expedition. For more information please call 310/510-1212, or visit Catalina Back Country.
Two Harbors, at the island’s West End, is the second city on Catalina. It is known for being low-key and rustic. But it had undergone an upgrade, with a new sandy beach, plush palapas, lounge chairs, food and beverage service on the beach, and a small business center. The Catalina Express ferry can be taken from San Pedro to Two Harbors. For more information please call 800/613-1212, or visit Catalina Express; 310/510-4205, or visit Visit Catalina.
Catalina Island Skyline Drive tour uses eco-friendly, all-electric buses to tour the island. In addition to eliminating the need for diesel or gas, the buses have huge windows, air conditioning, and the ride is smooth and quiet. For more information please call 877/778-8322, or visit Visit Catalina.
About Catalina Island and Catalina Express
The island is accessible by boat from three ports through Catalina Express: San Pedro, Long Beach, and Dana Point. Catalina Express offers up to 30 daily departures and year-round service to Avalon and Two Harbors, transporting almost one million passengers annually. The Catalina Express offers comfortable airline-style seats and grouped table seating. Traveling to Catalina Island takes as little as one hour. For information and reservations please call 800/429-4601, or visit Catalina Express.
Catalina Island’s clear blue waters and Mediterranean climate and ambiance are welcoming. The laid-back island town is filled with places to eat, drink, shop. Catalina has a variety of natural and cultural resources, as well as unique animals and plants found solely on the island. Activities are plentiful and differ from jeep eco-tours, hummer rides, rock climbing to diving, snorkeling, kayaking, golf, motor boating, parasailing, and more.