A Brief History
A rocky island on the Gulf of Santa Catalina, situated off the coast of U.S. state of California, Catalina Island is one of the prettiest places to cruise to in summer vacations. Originally occupied by Native Americans, it was captured by Spanish Empire in 1542. As time passed, the territorial rights were first shifted to Mexico and then to the United States. It was turned into a tourist attraction in the 1920’s by William Wrigley, Jr. The biggest settlement is in the place known as Avalon, which is also a tourist resort featuring many attractive facilities.
Cruising to Catalina Island
Even though Catalina Island is accessible by air transportation, taking a cruise ship is still a much better option. Not only would you be able to see many other places in one go, you would also be able to enjoy the scenic beauty of this captivating island. Once you have selected your cruise trip, you can choose one that allows you to stay on Catalina Island for at least a day. The many recreational activities that you can enjoy on this gorgeous little spot of nature, will give you lasting memories.
Things to do and Places to Visit
Catalina Island is full of many interesting things to do. Some of them are listed for you, to make your trip easier and more delightful.
Out of the World Snorkeling
If you have never tried this water sport before, now is a great time to do it. You can try it at either Descanso or the Lovers’ Cove. The breathtaking underwater world will leave you stunned with the wonders of nature. Both the spots are carefully maintained and have specially trained guides who will make sure that your experience is one, which leaves you asking for more.
Peaceful Kayak Trip
Kayaking is another sport that you should try in the sparkling waters of Catalina Island. Descanso Beach Ocean Sports will let you rent all the gear that you require and you can easily paddle as far out to sea as you want. You can go on romantic kayak ride with your other half and take lots of pictures.
If you are among those who love adventures, then you can try taking a hike from the Hermit Gilch or the Wrigley Memorial. If you don’t want to walk on foot, you can even take a mountain bike along. The peace and quiet of the trail is something you will definitely miss in the hustle and bustle of the city.
Have a Fun-Filled Time at the Theater
If you want to indulge in old movies and historical murals, then Catalina Island has just the place for you. Visit the art deco Casino, where the main attractions include first-run Hollywood movies, and a tour of the entire landmark site. You will be enthralled with the glittering domed ceiling of the Casino.
Relaxing Spa Time
Catalina Sea Spa is the place to go if you want to become completely relaxed. The only spa to offer Ashiatsu massage therapy, you can even seek a couple’s package to share the romantic experience with your partner.
Fine Dining and Shopping Options
When you get tired of all the tours that you took yourself or the ones arranged by your cruise ship, then satisfy your taste buds at the delectable restaurants of Catalina Island. There are many fine restaurants, bars and clubs where you can taste the local cuisines as well as every variety of food you like. Some of the most popular eateries include Café Prego, Rosie’s Avalon Sea Food, Pancake Cottage, Catalina Country Club Restaurant and many others.
As for your shopping spree, there are hundreds of shops and markets that you can visit and buy anything that your heart desires.
So be sure that you visit Catalina Island and have a dream like extraordinary holiday!