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Overview of Catalina Island
Catalina Island is located 22 miles off the coast of Southern California. Easily accessible by boat it can be a surreal experience when departing the gritty and industrial harbors of Long Beach only to arrive at this small, peaceful, rustic island an hour later. At first glance when arriving at Catalina Island visitors will feel they have discovered a lost paradise that would be better placed somewhere in the Mediterranian sea. Upon further inspection, visitors will find that the island has a vibe that’s not like any other in California. It’s a laid back and very unrefined. Catalina Island initially gives impression that one could stay there forever, but after a short while visitors always find they have fully mastered the island and all that it offers.
Catalina Island Must Sees
Main point of arrival for most visitors to Catalina Island, Avalon is a charming village on the water front. The town is characterized by narrow lanes dotted with vacation homes, small hotels and restaurants.
Ctalina Island is famous for having some of the most well preserved marined habitiat in the world. Diving and snorkeling on Catalina Island is considered a sport and a must do for anyone curious about the world below the Pacifiic.
Those not interested in snorkeling or diving can still enjoy Catalina Island's abundant sea life by taking a glass boat tour. Departing from Avalon these tours give visitors upclose views of hundreds of species of fish by viewing a glass bottom.