Facts About Catalina Island

Facts About Catalina Island
An island located off the coast of Southern California, Santa Catalina Island is often referred to as Catalina Island or simply Catalina and is part of the eight Channel Islands archipelago. The year-round Mediterranean climate permits visitors to participate in a variety of outdoor activities.

Getting to Catalina Island

Located just 22 miles south-southwest of Los Angeles, Catalina Island is accessible by three boat companies, which depart from Marina del Rey, San Pedro, Long Beach, Dana Point and Newport Beach. The boat ride takes an hour, while a helicopter ride can take as little as 15 minutes.


Catalina Island is home to the city of Avalon and unincorporated town of Two Harbors. Avalon offers both hillside and fine, level bike riding, but permits are required for those riding into the island's interior.


The Catalina Island Conservancy requires hiking permits, which are available for free at the Conservancy House, Catalina Airport, Two Harbors Visitor Information Center and the Catalina Island Interpretive Center.


The Catalina Island website cautions hikers that poison oak is commonly found in canyons and creek beds and also warns that while rare, rattlesnakes have been seen along roads and trails on the island.

Water Sports

Visitors to Catalina Island can take advantage of the surrounding waters by participating in such water sports as kayaking, parasailing, sailing, snorkeling and scuba diving.


Camping is available at Two Harbors Campground, Parsons Landing Campground, Black Jack Campground, the Hermit Gulch Campground, Boat-In Campsites and Little Harbor Campground, which was hailed "One of the BestCampgrounds in the West" by Sunset Magazine.

Article Written By Kirby Brooks

Kirby Brooks is a San Diego based writer whose articles have appeared in San Diego Magazine, Entrepreneur Magazine and Riviera Orange County. Brooks is a recent honors graduate of the University of San Diego with a Bachelor of the Arts in English.

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