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Why Catalina Island Makes the Perfect Getaway

Why Catalina Island Makes the Perfect Getaway
1 Green Pier
Avalon, CA 90704-0217
Phone: (310) 510-1520
http://www.catalinachamber.com
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Relax at a magical island retreat just an hour offshore.

Just a 22-mile jaunt across the sea, Santa Catalina Island --or simply "Catalina"--transports you to a ocean playland with a charming village, lovely beaches, and remote wilderness. This Pacific gem has been an easy getaway for generations, who have relaxed in the shadow of (and perhaps even danced in) the iconic Avalon Ballroom that rises from the island's coastline in the town of Avalon. Here, there are shops, restaurants, and beautiful lodgings. Try the romantic Ristorante Villa Portofino . Avalon Hotel has Craftsman-inspired interiors and ocean rooftop deck view. Beyond town, explore the sparkling blue waters with snorkels and fins, or join a mini-sub adventure. Rent bikes to poke around city streets and beyond, or head into the island's protected backcountry on guided adventure tours.

You can get to Catalina via ferry rides from Long Beach, Dana Point, and San Pedro. For fares and timetables, visit the ferry website.

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