Island of Adventure

From backcountry glamping to ziplining under the stars, and traversing the island’s interior, Catalina has a wilder side waiting to be explored. Here are the six best ways to experience this adventurous and relaxing island in 2019!

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1) Glamp in the Backcountry

You love the outdoors but you want a hot shower, a good meal, and a comfy bed? Done! Glamp in Catalina’s vast interior, where your room opens to the stunning scenery, and itineraries cater to your main interests, from hiking to yoga and private tent massages.

2) Discover Remote Beaches

You can’t go wrong beach-hopping on Catalina. The crystal clear aqua-blue water is reason to try out a clear-bottomed boat or just play in the waves. Some of the best beaches are only accessible by hiking or kayaking, including remote boat-in campsites along the coast of the island.

3) LA County’s First Zipline

Los Angeles County’s first zipline is also the most scenic in California. Fly above the Pacific and under the moon and the stars. The Catalina Zip Line Eco Tour features five consecutive zips high above Descanso Canyon and through a grove of eucalyptus, with amazing views of the Pacific Ocean. Go during the day or try it at night.

4) Do the Grand Traverse

The Trans-Catalina Trail is a must-do hike across the wilder side of the island. Traverse up hills and down valleys, gaining fantastic coastal views and seeing the island’s 42,000-acre Nature Preserve (aka, Catalina’s “Interior”). Tackle the whole thing over multiple days or just hike a section of it.

5) Just Say Spa

Well, well, wellness! Melt away stress with a heavenly massage or facial or body scrub. Unwind at one of Catalina’s four day spas where eucalyptus steam rooms delight and “spa bubbles” means champagne!

6) Food Tour, Cocktails, Places to Stay

Catalina Island’s signature cocktail? Buffalo Milk (i.e., like a Mudslide, island-style!). You’re a foodie? Sample everything from fresh seafood to waffle-cone ice creams on a guided food tour (or opt for a quiet sundown dinner overlooking the harbor in Avalon). Check out the bars and try to figure out which one inspired Crosby, Stills & Nash.

Where to stay? From sophisticated and swanky to cozy and romantic, or rustic upscale, find your perfect lodging and deals in Catalina.

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