26 Miles to Catalina

(15 photos) I spent a most pleasant vacation day off work yesterday visiting Avalon, the biggest city (2012 population 3,765) on Catalina Island, having decided to extend the celebration of my upcoming birthday beyond the actual day. Last week, I’d made a reservation on the Catalina Flyer, a large capacity catamaran, out of Newport Beach. I felt lucky as only five spots were left when I called. The trip, departing at 9:00am, was smooth and fast, taking about an hour and a quarter shore to shore. We were treated to a pod of dolphins showing off their leaping skills and also a small group of sea lions.

Dophins at play

Dophins at play

Approaching Catalina Island I grew excited. My last visit had been in 1985. I didn’t expect any change to the island as development is highly restricted, but regardless, my memory of the previous visit had rather faded into bits and pieces. A few interesting points to note: visitors aren’t allowed to bring their pets, so the only ones on the island belong to residents, and vehicles are very limited, with most residents and tourists using golf carts to get around the island. As per usual, I took hundreds of photos. I’ll break them up into several articles over the next few days. I really can’t wait for another visit to the island. The Catalina Flyer’s return trip left at 4:30pm sharp. There was so much more to see and do than those few hours allowed! ~SueBee (photos by SueBee)

As per the Catalina Chamber of Commerce: “Catalina Island is a place where the gentle rhythm of the waves makes time slow down. It’s a place where you can paddle through crystal clear waters in the crisp morning air, follow by Mai Tai’s and sun soaked massages on the beach in the afternoon. Moonlit walks are the norm and a sense of timelessness surrounds you. That Catalina feeling of tranquility is better known as Island Time. Island Time allows you the time to do all the things you love to do, at your own pace.”

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3 Comments on “26 Miles to Catalina”

  1. Jul 19, 2014 at 4:10 pm #

    Happy Birthday! How was the ride? Was it sea-sick inducing? Looking forward to hearing about your adventures on the island!

    • Jul 19, 2014 at 7:01 pm #

      Smooth as silk and speedy. Very enjoyable! Am at Pasadena Pops tonight at Arboretum, then kayaking in LB tomorrow morning… Most likely back at blog Monday, another day off work &actual bday. Thx for the wishes! Livin’ it up 🙂

      • Jul 19, 2014 at 7:06 pm #


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