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Best Things to Do in Catalina Island

January 3, 2020  |  By: Taylor Randolph



Buena Vista Point

For the most beautiful views over Avalon Bay, take a hike up to the Buena Vista Point Scenic Overlook. Starting from the center of Avalon, the hike is about one mile. Bring a camera because you won’t want to miss capturing Avalon’s scenic harbor with the Catalina Casino in the distance.


Descanso Beach

If you’re looking to relax on the beach and have some fun, then Descanso Beach is the ideal spot. The Descanso Beach Club will deliver food and drinks right to you on the sun-soaked beach. You can relax in a chaise lounge or private cabana while sipping on a pina colada. During the summer, the afternoons have more of a beach party vibe with DJs, live music, and happy hour drink specials.


Catalina Casino

The Catalina Casino was commissioned by William Wrigley Jr. and opened in 1929. This art deco masterpiece is a historic icon of Catalina’s romantic beginnings. Take one of the guided walking tours offered by the Catalina Casino – Discover the Casino, Behind the Scenes Casino, and Twilight at the Casino. Then, watch a movie in the Avalon Theatre, which was the first theatre built for “talkies.” Movies run every evening at 6:30 pm. You can also attend a variety of events at the Casino’s magnificent ballroom.  The Catalina Casino ballroom is on the top level and it is the world’s largest circular ballroom.


Wrigley Memorial and Botanical Garden

William Wrigley Jr. was the mastermind behind the vision and plan for the beautiful Santa Catalina Island. He attracted many of the elites and celebrities who graced this island and gave the island it’s star-studded legacy. The Wrigley Memorial honors his memory and his contribution to the island. The memorial used as much of Catalina materials as possible, including quarried Catalina stones. It was built by the same architects who designed Chicago’s Buckingham Fountain. The idea of the botanical garden was created by Mr. Wrigley’s wife, Ada, in 1935. Santa Catalina Island’s mild subtropical climate makes it possible to showcase plants from all over the world.



The Trans-Catalina Trail is a 37-mile route along the backbone of the island. If this doesn’t sound like fun to you, thankfully you can just do pieces of the trail and still reach the best views over the island. You will need to start at the Catalina Conservancy and obtain a free hiking permit and trail map. Then, you can choose the length and difficulty of your hike. Check out popular trails like the Garden to Sky Trail, the Avalon Bay Trail, or the Hermit Gulch Trail.


Catalina Room Escape

This pirate-themed escape room is really one of the highlights of Santa Catalina Island. It’s an immersive experience with challenging puzzles, creative riddles, and lots of family-friendly fun. Captain Mike is there to help you if you get too stuck, so this room is also perfect for beginners. You’ll even get complimentary group photos dressed in your pirate costumes. If you have an hour to spare and want an engaging activity, go sign up for the Catalina Room Escape.


Check out other things to do in California:

San Diego Travel Guide

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We are Jacob and Taylor. Travel is our passion and we love sharing our experiences here at The Travelling Souk. Our hope is that you would be inspired by this little blog to try something new, embrace an adventure, and live life to the fullest. 

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