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Catalina Island Travel Guide


Catalina Island Introduction


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Catalina Island lies 22 mi/35 km off the Southern California coast, but it feels like a world away. Just the name conjures images of the quaint seaside village of Avalon, picture-perfect harbors and sandy beaches. Catalina is everything that Los Angeles is not—small-scale, nostalgic and slow-paced—and therein lies its charm.  Click here to see the full Catalina Island travel guide on Travel42 »

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Catalina Island Geography


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Catalina Island is one of the Channel Islands off the coast of southern California. The island is 22 mi/35 km long by 8 mi/13 km at its widest point (0.5 mi/1 km wide at its narrowest point). The irregular coastline is dotted with coves, beaches and vertical shoreline bluffs. The interior of the island is covered with valleys and 2,000-ft-/620-m-high peaks. Avalon, the only city on the island, is the hub of activities and nightlife. Catalina Island can be accessed by boat from Long Beach, San Pe...  Click here to see the full Catalina Island travel guide on Travel42 »

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Catalina Island History


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Catalina Island has been inhabited by human beings for more than 7,000 years. Different groups of migrating Native Americans have lived on the island. When the first Europeans "discovered" the island, the people living there called themselves Pimungans (or Pimuvit) and the island was called Pimu. They paddled their way around the area's waters on wooden canoes to trade since very little grew on this semiarid island.   Click here to see the full Catalina Island travel guide on Travel42 »

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Catalina Island Sightseeing & Things to Do


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The laid-back atmosphere on Catalina is favorable for just relaxing and enjoying the tranquil environment, especially in the off-season. The best ways to get around the island are by foot, bike, golf cart or shuttle bus. Take along some comfortable shoes, as most attractions are within walking distance.  Click here to see the full Catalina Island travel guide on Travel42 »

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Catalina Island Nightlife


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The atmosphere on Catalina Island is laid-back and relaxed, and most of the late-night activities mimic that pattern. One of the most popular evening activities is a romantic stroll along Avalon Bay. Those who need a little more action can head to a nightclub or a piano bar.  Click here to see the full Catalina Island travel guide on Travel42 »

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Catalina Island Restaurants & Dining


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Almost anywhere you eat, you will be assured of an ocean view and friendly service in a casual setting. Plenty of restaurants and cafes line Crescent Avenue, where moderately priced specialties range from fish tacos and hamburgers to the catch of the day. (To help you decide, menus of area restaurants are posted along Crescent Avenue.)  Click here to see the full Catalina Island travel guide on Travel42 »

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