This Town is the Monaco of the United States! ⛵🌊 - Avalon, California.

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Today’s location may be the most beautiful in the U.S.! Take a look! ⬇️

Over the years, ownership of Catalina Island has changed hands many times, and it’s obvious why the island was in such high demand. Off the coast of California, Catalina Island ended up in the hands of the United States, and we are lucky to have it.

Stepping off the ferry, you’ll be greeted by a gentle sea breeze and the warmth of the California sun. As you approach Avalon Bay, you're struck by the vibrant Mediterranean-style buildings and the bay with clear blue waters and a crescent shape. The iconic Catalina Casino stands proudly at the harbor's entrance.

Walking along Crescent Avenue, Avalon’s main street, you'll see sidewalk cafes and restaurants inviting you in for some fresh seafood or some coffee. Look outside and see everyone enjoying the bay.

Pass through the Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Garden, one of the most beautiful places on the island and worth the short drive from Avalon.

Realistically, the entire island is worth seeing, but you can’t see it all in one day, well, unless you get a helicopter tour, that is. One of the best ways to see the island, Maverick Helicopter Tours can give you a birds-eye view of one of the most uniquely beautiful landscapes in the United States!

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Best Activities and Places to Go in Avalon!

1. Explore Avalon Bay

  • Swimming, sunbathing, paddleboarding, kayaking, or whatever water adventures you want.

  • Highlights:

    • Descanso Beach: A private beach club where you can rent cabanas, enjoy a cocktail, and partake in water activities like snorkeling and kayaking.

    • South Beach: A popular spot for families with its sandy shore and calm waters.

2. Visit the Catalina Casino

  • A cultural landmark with no gambling, offering a mix of entertainment and history. Inside, there are a few things worth exploring.

  • Highlights:

    • Movie Theater: Catch a film in the historic, beautifully decorated theater.

    • Ballroom: Attend a concert or special event in this stunning venue.

    • Tours: Guided tours are available to learn about the architecture and history of the casino for those of you who love the history behind the towns we feature.

3. Take a Trip to Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Garden

  • A tribute to William Wrigley Jr., featuring a beautiful garden.

  • Activities:

    • Botanic Garden: Explore the garden filled with native and endemic plants.

    • Hiking: Start your hike on the Garden to Sky Trail for panoramic views of Avalon and the surrounding area.

  • FUN FACT: William Wrigley purchased the island in 1919 because he saw the island’s potential as a vacation spot, and he later decided it would be a good place for his baseball team, the Chicago Cubs, to have their spring training. Not a bad spot for spring training if you ask me.

4. Experience Underwater Adventures at Casino Point Dive Park

  • A protected maritime area perfect for diving and snorkeling.

  • Activities:

    • Scuba Diving: Explore underwater kelp forests and see diverse marine life.

    • Snorkeling: An excellent spot for beginners or experienced snorkelers.

5. Relax and Dine at Descanso Beach Club

  • Description: A beautiful beach club with dining, lounging, and activities.

  • Highlights:

    • Beachside Dining: Enjoy meals and drinks right on the beach.

    • Activities: Try the zip line eco-tour, snorkeling, or kayaking.

6. Take a Scenic Tour

  • Explore Avalon and Catalina Island through various tours.

  • Options:

    • Glass-Bottom Boat Tour: Discover the marine life of Avalon Bay without getting wet.

    • Semi-Submarine Tour: See the underwater world in a semi-submersible vessel.

    • Land Tours: Jeep Eco-Tour or Hummer tours to explore the rugged interior of the island.

    • Maverick Helicopter Tours: Book a ride in the sky to see the island all in one go.

7. Visit the Catalina Island Museum

  • Description: Located in the Catalina Casino, this museum offers a deep dive into the island’s history.

  • Highlights:

    • Exhibits: Features the history of the indigenous Tongva people, Hollywood's influence, and local art.

    • Events: Attend lectures, workshops, and special exhibitions.

8. Stroll Down Crescent Avenue

  • The main street in Avalon is lined with shops, restaurants, and galleries.

  • Highlights:

    • Shopping: Browse unique boutiques, souvenir shops, and galleries like Afishinados Gallery.

    • Dining: Enjoy diverse culinary experiences from seafood at Bluewater Avalon to Mexican cuisine at Maggie's Blue Rose.

9. Enjoy Water Sports and Rentals

  • Avalon offers a variety of water sports activities.

  • Activities:

    • Kayaking and Paddleboarding: Rent equipment from local shops and explore the coastline.

    • Parasailing: Get a bird's eye view of Avalon Bay.

    • Jet Skiing: For a thrilling experience on the water.

10. Go Hiking and Biking

  • Description: Avalon’s trails offer something for all levels of hikers and bikers.

  • Popular Trails:

    • Hermit Gulch Trail: A moderate hike with rewarding views of Avalon and the ocean.

    • Trans-Catalina Trail: For those looking for a more challenging and extensive hike.

11. Dine at Avalon’s Best Restaurants

  • Popular Spots:

    • Bluewater Avalon: Renowned for its fresh seafood and waterfront dining.

    • Steve’s Steakhouse & Seafood: Offers fine dining with beautiful bay views.

    • Catalina Coffee & Cookie Co.: A perfect spot for breakfast or a midday treat.

As you plan your next escape, keep in mind that Avalon is unlike any other town you’ve seen and has simply endless opportunities for relaxation and exploration.

Avalon offers a myriad of activities and truly is a bucket-list getaway. The beauty of Catalina Island, and the satisfying view of the rising houses, most of them all white, mix together to make you feel as if you’re in Greece, not the U.S.

See you in Avalon!

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