Avalon in Catalina Island was a new port for me and these days I do not often say that! It is located on the Californian coast near Los Angeles, USA.
We stopped there on a short 4-night cruise that started in LA, then Catalina Island, a day at sea and Ensenada in Mexico.
Four-day cruises are good taster cruises, it gives you an idea what cruising is like. These are good for families and partying! If this is not your scene, I would suggest taking a seven-day cruise as a taster cruise.
Back to Catalina Island! As it is a small island the ship cannot dock there, so we took the tender boats to shore to Avalon.
You can also get to Catalina Island by ferry from San Pedro, Long Beach, Newport Beach or Dana Point and it takes around an hour to get there.
The island was mainly owned by William Wrigley Jr. the chewing gum company in 1919 and he developed the island for tourism. Marilyn Monroe once lived on Catalina Island before she became a famous movie star!
The island has a Mediterranean climate and the buildings are white with terracotta tiles that surround the harbour.
I would describe Avalon a cross between Santa Barbara for the beach, palm trees and sun and Skagway in Alaska for the gift shops, shop fronts, restaurants and bars!
What To See
I really enjoyed walking around, it very easy to walk as the town centre is pedestrianised.
You can hire golf carts to drive around the island or have a tour of the island. This time I just enjoyed a walk and had lunch.
If you would like to see something I would recommend a tour of the Casino or a tour of the island.
The Casino is a landmark in Avalon, it a huge round building right on the harbour. But it is not a casino! There is no gambling there and it was named a casino using the Italian language as ‘casino’ meaning gathering place.
It was used as a cinema and ballroom by the rich in the 1930’s. Today it is a museum and if you would like to see it, book a tour as you cannot just go in. It is only open to the public at certain times of the day.
- Weather: 10*C -15*C in Winter and 18*C – 22*C in Summer (I was there in November and it was 18*C)
- Language: English
- Currency: US Dollars
- Recommendations: Sunglasses, flat shoes for walking and bring your camera as it beautiful.
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Love Lucy x
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