A resort getaway off the coast of Los Angeles, Catalina Island is a world apart from the hustle and bustle of the mainland just 22 miles away. The air is refreshing, the water is clear and the community is casual. Our favorite part? There’s not one traffic light on the whole island. Our team at DriveTheNation.com has compiled the following Quick Guide to Catalina Island:

Avalon Tasting and Cultural Walking Tour


Ready to taste your next adventure? Explore Catalina as never before on this tasty cultural walking tour. Delight in Avalon’s award winning cuisine as you stroll by the bay soaking up the intriguing history that our enchanted island has to offer. You are in for a treat! (Tip: Purchase your tickets in advance, as tours sell out quickly.)

Catalina Island Casino

Take a trip down memory lane to the days when bands were big and movies were just beginning to talk. The Catalina Casino epitomizes everything glamorous about the island. Voted the highest-rated activity on the island by TripAdvisor, you’ll see the extraordinary Art Deco murals and a classic 1929 pipe organ inside the Avalon Theatre, which still shows nightly movies on its massive screen.

Snorkeling and Diving

Sometimes adventures under water can be just as fun as adventures on land. If you love water, then you might want to consider taking your family snorkeling or diving with Catalina Scuba Luv. A family-run service, the knowledgeable staff, and state of the art facility offers dive packages that include boat diving on our personalized vessel, the Scrambler! 

Segway Tour


If you’re tired of walking and swimming, perhaps a Segway tour might interest you instead. A safe and fun way to explore, your friendly guides will tell the history and anecdotes of Catalina Island while providing great customer service. Catch beautiful glimpses of Avalon as you zip through the island on your own segway.  (Tip: This activity is best enjoyed by adults and children over twelve.)

Helicopter Tour


You’ve seen the island by land and sea, but what about taking a birds-eye view? Delight in stunning views of rugged mountains and sapphire-blue waters on this full-island helicopter tour of Catalina Island. Embarking from the island’s main town, Avalon, helicopter tours offer spectacular photo ops and memories for a lifetime. As you fly, listen to your pilot provide informative commentary about the island’s history and points of interest, including Avalon Harbor and the Catalina Casino.

If you have been to Catalina Island, we would love to hear from you! Visitors enjoy the most stylish in dining experiences, conquer the rush of thrilling adventures, and relax on the sand with the gentle rhythm of the ocean. Share your favorite experiences in the comment section below.


Quick Guide to Catalina Island